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See commanding. * * *
See commandingly. * * *
/keuh mand"meuhnt, -mahnd"-/, n. 1. a command or mandate. 2. (sometimes cap.) any of the Ten Commandments. 3. the act or power of commanding. [1200-50; ME com(m)and(e)ment < AF, ...
command module n. The portion of a spacecraft in which the astronauts live, communicate with a ground station, and operate controls during a flight. * * *
/keuh man"doh, -mahn"-/, n., pl. commandos, commandoes. 1. (in World War II) a. any of the specially trained Allied military units used for surprise, hit-and-run raids against ...
a British military unit. They are part of the Royal Marines and are specially trained to make quick attacks on difficult targets inside enemy areas. The word commando is also ...
command post n. Abbr. CP 1. The field headquarters used by the commander of a military unit. 2. A headquarters, as for communications, used by a team or organization: a mobile ...
comma splice n. See comma fault. * * *
comme ci
comme ci or comme ça [kō̂m sē′kō̂m sȧ′] adv., adj. 〚Fr〛 SO-SO * * *
comme ci, comme ça
/kawm see" kawm sann"/, French. so-so; neither good nor bad. [lit., like this, like that] * * *
comme il faut
/kaw meel foh"/; Eng. /kum' eel foh"/, French. as it should be; proper; fitting; fittingly. * * *
/keuh mezh"euhr euh beuhl/, adj. having the same measure or extent; commensurate. [1660-70; COM- + MEASURABLE] * * *
/keuh mezh"euhr/, v.t., commeasured, commeasuring. to equal in measure or extent; be coextensive with. [1605-15; COM- + MEASURE] * * *
commedia dell'arte
/keuh may"dee euh del ahr"tee/; It. /kawm me"dyah del lahrdd"te/, pl. commedia dell'artes, commedias dell'arte, It. commedie dell'arte /kawm me"dye del lahrdd"te/. Italian ...
commedia erudita
▪ Italian dramatic form       (Italian: “learned comedy”), 16th-century Italian dramatic form that, unlike its theatrical contemporary, the vernacular and ...
com·me·dia dell'ar·te (kə-mā'dē-ə dĕl-ärʹtē, -tĕ, -mĕd'ē-ə) n. A type of comedy developed in Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries and characterized by ...
commeil faut
comme il faut (kŭm' ēl fōʹ) adj. Being in accord with conventions or accepted standards; proper.   [French : comme, as + il faut, it is necessary, proper.] * * *
▪ plant order  the spiderwort and pickerelweed order of flowering plants, comprising more than 800 species of mostly tropical and subtropical herbs (spice and herb) in five ...
—commemorable, adj. —commemorator, n. /keuh mem"euh rayt'/, v.t., commemorated, commemorating. 1. to serve as a memorial or reminder of: The monument commemorates the signing ...
—commemorational, adj. /keuh mem'euh ray"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of commemorating. 2. a service, celebration, etc., in memory of some person or event. 3. a memorial. 4. (in many ...
—commemoratively, adv. —commemorativeness, n. /keuh mem"euh ray'tiv, -euhr euh tiv/, adj. 1. serving to commemorate: a commemorative monument; a commemorative dinner. 2. (of ...
See commemorative. * * *
See commemorate. * * *
/keuh mem"euhr euh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. commemorative (def. 1). [1685-95; COMMEMORATE + -ORY1] * * *
—commenceable, adj. —commencer, n. /keuh mens"/, v.i., v.t., commenced, commencing. to begin; start. [1250-1300; ME commencen < AF, MF comencer < VL *cominitiare, equiv. to L ...
/keuh mens"meuhnt/, n. 1. an act or instance of commencing; beginning: the commencement of hostilities. 2. the ceremony of conferring degrees or granting diplomas at the end of ...
See commence. * * *
—commendable, adj. —commendableness, n. —commendably, adv. —commender, n. —commendingly, adv. /keuh mend"/, v.t. 1. to present, mention, or praise as worthy of ...
See commend. * * *
See commendable. * * *
See commendable. * * *
/keuh men"dam/, n. Eccles. 1. the tenure of a benefice to be held until the appointment of a regular incumbent, the benefice being said to be held in commendam. 2. a benefice so ...
/kom'euhn day"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of commending; recommendation; praise: commendation for a job well done. 2. something that commends, as a formal recommendation or an ...
Commendation Medal
☆ Commendation Medal n. a U.S. military decoration awarded for meritorious achievement or service * * *
/keuh men"deuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. 1. serving to commend; approving; praising. 2. holding a benefice in commendam. 3. held in commendam. [1545-55; < LL commendatorius, ...
—commensalism, n. —commensality /kom'en sal"i tee/, n. —commensally, adv. /keuh men"seuhl/, adj. 1. eating together at the same table. 2. (of an animal, plant, fungus, ...
commensalism [kə men′səliz΄əm] n. Biol. a close association or union between two kinds of organisms, in which one is benefited by the relationship and the other is neither ...
See commensal. * * *
See commensurable. * * *
—commensurability, commensurableness, n. —commensurably, adv. /keuh men"seuhr euh beuhl, -sheuhr euh-/, adj. 1. having the same measure or divisor: The numbers 6 and 9 are ...
See commensurability. * * *
—commensurately, adv. —commensurateness, n. —commensuration /keuh men'seuh ray"sheuhn, -sheuh-/, n. /keuh men"seuhr it, -sheuhr-/, adj. 1. having the same measure; of equal ...
See commensurate. * * *
See commensurately. * * *
—commentable, adj. —commenter, n. /kom"ent/, n. 1. a remark, observation, or criticism: a comment about the weather. 2. gossip; talk: His frequent absences gave rise to ...
See commentary. * * *
▪ Roman history (Latin: “commentaries”),singular  Commentarius,         in Roman history, memoranda and notes that were later used by historians as source ...
—commentarial /kom'euhn tair"ee euhl/, adj. /kom"euhn ter'ee/, n., pl. commentaries. 1. a series of comments, explanations, or annotations: a commentary on the Bible; news ...
/kom"euhn tayt'/, v., commentated, commentating. v.t. 1. to deliver a commentary on: to commentate a fashion show. 2. to write a commentary on; annotate: to commentate the Book ...
/kom"euhn tay'tiv/, adj. of or pertaining to comment or commentary. [1710-20; COMMENTAT(OR) + -IVE] * * *
—commentatorial /keuh men'teuh tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, adj. —commentatorially, adv. /kom"euhn tay'teuhr/, n. 1. a person who discusses news, sports events, weather, or the ...
/kom"euhrs/, n. 1. an interchange of goods or commodities, esp. on a large scale between different countries (foreign commerce) or between different parts of the same country ...
/kom"euhrs/, n. a town in SW California. 10,509. * * * (as used in expressions) chamber of commerce commerce clause e commerce electronic commerce interstate commerce Interstate ...
Commerce City
a city in central Colorado. 16,234. * * *
commerce clause
In the Constitution of the United States (Article I, section 8), the clause that authorizes Congress "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and ...
commerce, chamber of
▪ business organization Introduction also called  Commercial Association, or Board Of Trade,         any of various voluntary organizations of business firms, public ...
—commercially, adv. /keuh merr"sheuhl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of commerce. 2. engaged in commerce. 3. prepared, done, or acting with sole or chief ...
commercial agency
a concern that investigates for the benefit of its subscribers the financial standing, reputation, and credit rating of individuals, firms, corporations, or others. [1895-1900, ...
Commercial Appeal, The
▪ American newspaper       morning daily newspaper published in Memphis, Tenn., and one of the leading daily papers of the midSouth in the United ...
commercial art
—commercial artist. graphic art created specifically for commercial uses, esp. for advertising, illustrations in magazines or books, or the like. Cf. fine art. [1920-25] * * *
commercial attaché
an attaché in an embassy or legation representing the commercial interests of his or her country. * * *
commercial bank
a bank specializing in checking accounts and short-term loans. [1905-10] * * * Bank that makes loans to businesses, consumers, and nonbusiness institutions. Early commercial ...
commercial break
a short interruption during radio or television programming for the broadcasting of a commercial or commercials. * * *
commercial code
a telegraphic code designed to convey a message with a minimum number of words and thereby reduce toll costs. * * *
commercial college
a school that trains people for careers in business. [1795-1805] * * *
commercial credit
credit issued by a bank to a business to finance trading or manufacturing operations. * * *
commercial fertilizer
fertilizer manufactured chemically, as distinguished from natural fertilizer, as manure. [1885-90, Amer.] * * *
commercial fishing
Introduction  the taking of fish and other seafood and resources from oceans, rivers, and lakes for the purpose of marketing them.       Fishing is one of the oldest ...
commercial law
the legal regulations governing transactions and related matters in business and trade. [1755-65] * * *
commercial paper
1. negotiable paper, as drafts, bills of exchange, etc., given in the course of business. 2. corporate promissory notes, usually short-term and unsecured, sold in the open ...
commercial pilot
an airplane pilot licensed to transport passengers, goods, etc. * * *
commercial radio
➡ radio * * *
Commercial Revolution
Great increase in commerce in Europe that began in the late Middle Ages. It received stimulus from the voyages of exploration undertaken by England, Spain, and other nations to ...
commercial transaction
▪ economics Introduction       in law, the core of the legal rules governing business dealings. The most common types of commercial transactions, involving such ...
commercial traveler
a traveling sales representative. [1800-10] * * *
commercial bank n. A bank whose principal functions are to receive demand deposits and to make short-term loans. * * *
—commercialist, n. —commercialistic, adj. /keuh merr"sheuh liz'euhm/, n. 1. the principles, practices, and spirit of commerce. 2. a commercial attitude in noncommercial ...
See commercialism. * * *
See commercialist. * * *
/keuh merr'shee al"i tee/, n. commercial quality or character; ability to produce a profit: Distributors were concerned about the film's commerciality compared with last year's ...
See commercialize. * * *
—commercialization, n. —commercializer, n. /keuh merr"sheuh luyz'/, v.t., commercialized, commercializing. 1. to make commercial in character, methods, or spirit. 2. to ...
See commercial. * * *
commercial paper n. Short-term, unsecured, discounted, and negotiable notes sold by one company to another in order to satisfy immediate cash needs. * * *
➡ advertising * * *
commercial traveler n. A traveling sales representative. * * *
Commerzbank AG
▪ German bank       major commercial bank in Germany with branches and associates in domestic and foreign finance and banking. Headquarters are in ...
▪ art also called  Florentine mosaic   technique of fashioning pictures with thin, cut-to-shape pieces of brightly coloured semiprecious stones, developed in Florence in ...
commie1 /kom"ee/, n., adj. (often cap.) Informal (disparaging and offensive). communist. Also, commy. [1935-40; COMM(UNIST) + -IE] commie2 /kom"ee/, n. a playing marble, esp. one ...
/kom"euh nayt'/, v.t., v.i., comminated, comminating. 1. to threaten with divine punishment or vengeance. 2. to curse; anathematize. [1605-15; back formation from COMMINATION] * ...
—comminator, n. —comminatory /keuh min"euh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee, kom"euh neuh-/, comminative, adj. /kom'euh nay"sheuhn/, n. 1. a threat of punishment or vengeance. 2. a ...
See commination. * * *
/kaw meen"/, n. Philippe de /fee leep" deuh/. See Comines, Philippe de. * * *
Commines,Philippe de
Com·mines (kô-mēnʹ), Philippe de. See Comines, Philippe de. * * *
—commingler, n. /keuh ming"geuhl/, v.t., v.i., commingled, commingling. to mix or mingle together; combine. [1620-30; COM- + MINGLE] * * *
—comminution, n. /kom"euh nooht', -nyooht'/, v., comminuted, comminuting, adj. v.t. 1. to pulverize; triturate. adj. 2. comminuted; divided into small parts. 3. powdered; ...
comminuted fracture
a fracture of a bone in which the separated parts are splintered or fragmented. See illus. under fracture. [1825-35] * * *
See comminute. * * *
/kom"euh nooh'teuhr, -nyooh'-/, n. a machine that pulverizes solids, as in waste treatment. [COMMINUTE + -OR2] * * *
/kaw mee"/; Eng. /keuh mee"/, n., pl. commis /-mee"/; Eng. /-meez"/. French. an assistant, esp. to a chef. * * *
commiserable [kə miz′ər ə bəl] adj. worthy of commiseration; pitiable * * *
—commiserable, adj. —commiseration, n. —commiserative, adj. —commiseratively, adv. —commiserator, n. /keuh miz"euh rayt'/, v., commiserated, commiserating. v.t. 1. to ...
com·mis·er·a·tion (kə-mĭz'ə-rāʹshən) n. The feeling or expression of pity or sorrow. See Synonyms at pity. * * *
See commiserate. * * *
See commiserative. * * *
See commiserative. * * *
/kom"euh sahr', kom'euh sahr"/, n. 1. the head of any of the major governmental divisions of the U.S.S.R.: called minister since 1946. 2. an official in any communist government ...
/kom'euh sair"ee euht/, n. 1. any of the major governmental divisions of the U.S.S.R.: called ministry since 1946. 2. the organized method or manner by which food, equipment, ...
—commissarial /kom'i sair"ee euhl/, adj. /kom"euh ser'ee/, n., pl. commissaries. 1. a store that sells food and supplies to the personnel or workers in a military post, mining ...
—commissionable, adj. —commissional, adj. —commissive, adj. —commissively, adv. /keuh mish"euhn/, n. 1. the act of committing or giving in charge. 2. an authoritative ...
Commission for Racial Equality
(abbr CRE) a British government organization formed by the Race Relations Act of 1976 to make sure that people of all races receive equal opportunities from employers, schools, ...
commission house
a brokerage firm that buys and sells securities on commission. [1825-35, Amer.] * * *
commission merchant
commission merchant n. a person who buys or sells goods for others on a commission basis * * *
Commission on Civil Rights
an independent US government organization which works to achieve equal rights for all Americans. It investigates complaints, informs the President and Congress, and sends ...
commission plan
a system of municipal government in which all the legislative and executive powers of the city are concentrated in the hands of a commission. [1915-20] * * *
See commission. * * *
/keuh mish'euh nair"/, n. Brit. a uniformed attendant, as a doorkeeper or usher. [1755-65; < F commissionnaire; see COMMISSION, -AIRE] * * *
See commissionable. * * *
—commissionership, n. /keuh mish"euh neuhr/, n. 1. a person commissioned to act officially; member of a commission. 2. a government official or representative in charge of a ...
See commissioner. * * *
commission merchant n. One that buys and sells goods for others on a commission basis. * * *
commission plan n. Municipal government in which legislative and administrative functions and powers are vested in an elected commission rather than in a mayor and city ...
See commissure. * * *
—commissural /keuh mish"euhr euhl, kom'euh shoor"euhl, -sherr"-/, adj. /kom"euh shoor', -sherr'/, n. 1. a joint; seam; suture. 2. Bot. the joint or face by which one carpel ...
/kom'euh sheuh rot"euh mee/, n., pl. commissurotomies. Surg. the incision of a band of commissures, esp. of mitral fibers, to correct mitral stenosis. Cf. ...
—committable, adj. —committer, n. /keuh mit"/, v., committed, committing. v.t. 1. to give in trust or charge; consign. 2. to consign for preservation: to commit ideas to ...
/keuh mit"meuhnt/, n. 1. the act of committing. 2. the state of being committed. 3. the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself. 4. a pledge or promise; obligation: We ...
See commit. * * *
/keuh mit"l/, n. an act or instance of committing; commitment. [1615-25; COMMIT + -AL2] * * *
—committeeism, committeeship, n. /keuh mit"ee/, n. 1. a person or group of persons elected or appointed to perform some service or function, as to investigate, report on, or ...
Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights
Arabic Lajnat al-Difāʽ ʽan al-Ḥuqūq al-Sharʽiyyah Sunnite Muslim group opposed to the ruling Saud dynasty in Saudi Arabia. The group was founded in 1992 and consists ...
Committee of Correspondence
Amer. Hist. 1. an intercolonial committee organized 1772 by Samuel Adams in Massachusetts to keep colonists informed of British anticolonial actions and to plan colonial ...
committee of one
an individual person designated to function alone as a committee. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
Committee of Public Safety
Political body of the French Revolution that controlled France during the Reign of Terror. It was set up in April 1793 to defend France against its enemies, foreign and ...
committee of the whole
the entire membership of a legislative body, sitting in a deliberative rather than a legislative capacity, for informal debate and preliminary consideration of matters awaiting ...
Committee on Standards in Public Life
a committee set up by the British government in 1994 to examine standards of behaviour among people who have a responsibility to the public to behave in an honest and respectable ...
committee stage
n [sing] (BrE) the stage between the second and third reading of a bill(1) (= suggested new law) in the Houses of Parliament(1). At this stage the bill is closely examined by a ...
/keuh mit"ee meuhn, -man'/, n., pl. committeemen /-meuhn, -men'/. 1. a member of a committee. 2. the leader of a political ward or precinct. 3. See shop steward. [1645-55; ...
committeeof the whole
committee of the whole n. The whole membership of a legislative body sitting as a committee to consider the details of a proposal. * * *
/keuh mit"ee perr'seuhn/, n. 1. a member of a committee. 2. the leader of a political ward or precinct. [COMMITTEE(MAN) + -PERSON] Usage. See -person. * * *
Committees of Correspondence
Groups appointed by the legislatures of all 13 American colonies to provide a means of intercolonial communication. The first standing group was formed by Samuel Adams in Boston ...
/keuh mit"ee woom'euhn/, n., pl. committeewomen. 1. a woman serving as a member of a committee. 2. a woman who is the leader of a political ward or precinct. [1850-55; COMMITTEE ...
/keuh miks"/, v.t., v.i. to mix together; blend. [1375-1425; back formation from commixt (ptp.), ME < L commixtus (ptp. of commiscere), equiv. to com- COM- + mix- (var. s. of ...
/keuh miks"cheuhr/, n. 1. the act or process of commixing. 2. the condition of being commixed; mixture. 3. (in a Eucharistic service) the placing of a part of the Host in the ...
/kom"oh/, n., pl. commos. Australian Informal. communist. [1915-20; COMM(UNIST) + -O] * * *
/keuh mohd"/, n. 1. a low cabinet or similar piece of furniture, often highly ornamental, containing drawers or shelves. 2. a stand or cupboard containing a chamber pot or ...
▪ Christian Latin poet flourished between 3rd and 5th centuries AD       Christian Latin poet, perhaps of African origin. His Carmen apologeticum (“Song with ...
See commodify. * * *
See commodifiable. * * *
commodify [kə mäd′ə fī΄] vt. commodified, commodifying to treat as or make into a mere commodity to be bought and sold or to be used in selling something else [an ...
—commodiously, adv. —commodiousness, n. /keuh moh"dee euhs/, adj. 1. spacious and convenient; roomy: a commodious apartment. 2. ample or adequate for a particular purpose: a ...
See commodious. * * *
See commodiously. * * *
/keuh mod"i tee/, n., pl. commodities. 1. an article of trade or commerce, esp. a product as distinguished from a service. 2. something of use, advantage, or value. 3. Stock ...
commodity dollar
☆ commodity dollar n. the unit of a proposed system of currency, that would have a fluctuating gold value determined at regular intervals on the basis of an official index of ...
commodity exchange
an exchange for the buying and selling of futures contracts on commodities, as butter, coffee, sugar, and grains. [1930-35] * * * Organized market for the purchase and sale of ...
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
U.S. Govt. an independent regulatory agency, created in 1975, that supervises the trading of futures on commodity exchanges. Abbr.: CFTC * * *
commodity trade
▪ economics Introduction       the international trade in primary goods. Such goods are raw or partly refined materials whose value mainly reflects the costs of ...
/kom"euh dawr', -dohr'/, n. 1. Navy. a grade of flag officer next in rank below a rear admiral. 2. Brit. Navy. an officer in temporary command of a squadron, sometimes over a ...
/kom"euh deuhs/, n. Lucius Aelius Aurelius /ee"lee euhs/, A.D. 161-192, Roman emperor 180-192; son and successor of Marcus Aurelius. * * * in full Caesar Marcus Aurelius ...
Commodus,Lucius Aelius Aurelius
Com·mo·dus (kŏmʹə-dəs), Lucius Aelius Aurelius. A.D. 161-192. Emperor of Rome (180-192) who ruled in a cruel and violent manner. He was murdered in a conspiracy led by his ...
—commonness, n. /kom"euhn/, adj., commoner, commonest, n. adj. 1. belonging equally to, or shared alike by, two or more or all in question: common property; common ...
Common Agricultural Policy
(also the CAP) the policy introduced in 1962 by the European Community, now the European Union, to protect European farmers. Under the system, farmers were paid even if they ...
common bond
Masonry. See American bond. * * *
common business oriented language
Computers. See COBOL. * * *
common canary.
See under canary (def. 1). * * *
common carotid artery
Anat. the part of a carotid artery between its origin and its point of division into branches. * * *
common carrier
—common-carrier, adj. —common carriage. 1. Transp. (in federal regulatory and other legal usage) a carrier offering its services at published rates to all persons for ...
common cold
cold (def. 24). [1780-90] * * * ▪ viral infection       acute viral (virus) infection that starts in the upper respiratory tract (respiratory disease), sometimes ...
common cost
Accounting. costs assignable to two or more products, operations, departments, etc., of a company. * * *
common council
the local legislative body of a municipal government. [1680-90] * * *
common denominator
1. Math. a number that is a multiple of all the denominators of a set of fractions. 2. a trait, characteristic, belief, or the like common to or shared by all members of a group: ...
common difference
Math. the difference between any two consecutive terms in an arithmetic progression. [1890-95] * * *
common disaster
Insurance. the death of an insured party and a beneficiary occurring at the same time in the same accident. * * *
common divisor
Math. a number that is a submultiple of all the numbers of a given set. Also called common factor. [1840-50] * * *
Common Entrance
the entrance examination for British public schools. Children whose parents want them to go to a public school take this examination at the age of 10 or 12, often at a ...
Common Era
Common Era n. CHRISTIAN ERA * * *
Common Era.
See Christian Era. * * *
Common fatty acids in foods
▪ Table Common fatty acids in foods fatty acid shorthand* typical source Saturated fatty acids butyric 4:0 butterfat caproic 6:0 butterfat caprylic 8:0 coconut ...
common fraction
Arith. a fraction represented as a numerator above and a denominator below a horizontal or diagonal line. Also called vulgar fraction. Cf. decimal fraction, mixed ...
common frog
▪ amphibian  (species Rana temporaria), largely terrestrial frog (family Ranidae), native to Europe, from Great Britain to central Russia. It is known in continental Europe ...
common grackle
a large songbird, Quiscalus quiscula, of the family Icteridae, of central and eastern North America, having iridescent black plumage varying in color. Cf. purple grackle, bronzed ...
common ground
a foundation of common interest or comprehension, as in a social relationship or a discussion. [1925-30] * * *
Common hereditary and acquired coagulation disorders
▪ Table Common hereditary and acquired coagulation disorders Hereditary hemophilia A (factor VIII deficiency) hemophilia B (factor IX deficiency) hemophilia C (factor XI ...
Common household batteries
▪ Table Common household batteries Primary batteries type chemistry sizes and common applications features zinc-carbon (Leclanché) zinc alloy anode-manganese dioxide ...
common iliac artery
Anat. See iliac artery (def. 1). * * *
Common ions that form multiple cations
▪ Table Common ions that form multiple cations ion systematic name alternate name Fe3 b; iron(III) ferric Fe2 b; iron(II) ferrous Cu2 b; copper(II) cupric Cu ...
common land
n [U] (in Britain) land that belongs to or may be used by the whole community, especially in a village. Most areas of common land have been used for keeping sheep or cows on or ...
common law
1. the system of law originating in England, as distinct from the civil or Roman law and the canon or ecclesiastical law. 2. the unwritten law, esp. of England, based on custom ...
common law wife/husband
➡ common law * * *
Common Life, Brethren of the
▪ religious community       religious community established in the late 14th century by Geert Groote (Groote, Geert) (q.v.) at Deventer, in the Netherlands. Groote ...
common logarithm
Math. a logarithm having 10 as the base. Also called Briggsian logarithm. Cf. natural logarithm. [1890-95] * * *
common mallow
cheese (def. 5). * * *
Common Market
1. Official name, European Economic Community. an economic association established in 1958 and originally composed of Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and ...
common measure
1. See common time. 2. Also called common meter, hymnal stanza. Pros. a ballad stanza of four iambic lines and strict rhymes, often used in hymns, rhyming abcb or ...
Common metamorphic minerals as a function of pressure, temperature, and protolith composition
▪ Table Common metamorphic minerals as a function of pressure, temperature, and protolith composition* protolith high P/low T medium P and T low P/high T shale, mudstone ...
common metre
▪ literature abbreviated  C.M.,  also called  hymnal stanza        a metre used in English ballads that is equivalent to ballad metre, though ballad metre is often ...
Common minerals of metamorphic rocks
▪ Table Common minerals of metamorphic ...
Common Monounsaturated Fatty Acids
▪ Table Common monounsaturated fatty acids trivial name systematic name number of carbons in chain typical sources palmitoleic acid cis-9-hexadecenoic acid 16 marine algae, ...
common multiple
Math. a number that is a multiple of all the numbers of a given set. [1885-90] * * *
common nail
a cut or wire nail having a slender shaft and a broad, flat head. See illus. under nail. * * *
common noun
Gram. a noun that may be preceded by an article or other limiting modifier and that denotes any or all of a class of entities and not an individual, as man, city, horse, ...
Common occurrences of rock-forming garnets
▪ Table Common occurrences of rock-forming garnets almandine metamorphic rocks—especially mica schists, amphibolites, and granulites; granites, aplites, and granitic ...
common particular metre
▪ prosody       a variation of ballad metre in which the four-stress lines are doubled to produce a stanza of six lines in tail-rhyme arrangement (i.e., with short ...
common pleas
Law. 1. civil actions or proceedings between private citizens. 2. Also, Common Pleas. See court of common pleas. [1175-1225; ME] * * *
Common Pleas, Court of
English court of law founded in 1178 to hear civil disputes. Under the Magna Carta (1215), it attained jurisdiction separate from the King's (Queen's) Court, though its ...
Common polyatomic ions
▪ Table Common polyatomic ions ion name ion name NH4 b; ammonium CO32− carbonate NO2− nitrite HCO3− hydrogen ...
Common Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
▪ Table Common polyunsaturated fatty acids trivial name systematic name number of carbons in chain typical sources linoleic acid cis-9-, cis-12-octadecadienoic acid 18 corn ...
common prayer
1. prayer for reciting by a group of worshipers, esp. the liturgy for public worship prescribed by the Church of England. 2. (caps.) See Book of Common Prayer. [1520-30] * * *
common property
1. property belonging to all members of a community. 2. someone or something regarded as belonging to the public in general: The personal lives of celebrities often become common ...
common rafter
a rafter having no function other than to bear roofing. Cf. principal rafter. See diag. under king post. [1815-25] * * *
common ratio
Math. See geometric ratio. [1870-75] * * *
common rhythm
Pros. See running rhythm. * * *
Common rock-forming minerals
▪ Table Common rock-forming minerals quartz calcite biotite hematite alkali feldspars dolomite muscovite limonite plagioclase feldspars clay ...
common room
a room or lounge for informal use by all. [1660-70] * * *
common salt
salt1 (def. 1). [1670-80] * * *
common saturated fatty acids
▪ Table Common saturated fatty acids trivial name systematic name number of carbons in chain typical sources lauric acid n-dodecanoic acid 12 palm kernel oil, ...
common school
a public school usually including both primary and secondary grades but sometimes primary grades alone. [1650-60, Amer.] * * *
common scold
(in early common law) a habitually rude and brawling woman whose conduct was subject to punishment as a public nuisance. [1760-70] * * *
common sennit.
See flat sennit. [‡1960-65] * * *
common sense
—common-sense, commonsense, adj. —commonsensical, commonsensible, adj. —commonsensically, commonsensibly, adv. sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized ...
common sense, philosophy of
      18th- and early 19th-century Scottish school of Thomas Reid (Reid, Thomas), Adam Ferguson, Dugald Stewart, and others, who held that in the actual perception of the ...
Common simple cations and anions
▪ Table Common simple cations and anions cation name anion name H b; hydrogen H− hydride Li b; lithium F− fluoride Na b; sodium Cl− chloride K ...
common situs picketing
the picketing of an entire construction project by a union having a dispute with only one subcontractor working at the site. Also called common site picketing, situs ...
common snipe.
See under snipe (def. 1). * * *
common stock
1. stock that ordinarily has no preference in the matter of dividends or assets and represents the residual ownership of a corporate business. 2. Animal Husb. stock that is not ...
common sulfur
a sulfur butterfly, Colias philodice, having yellow wings with black edges and larvae that feed on clover and other legumes. Also called clouded sulfur. * * *
common tannin
Chem. See under tannin. * * *
common teal
Brit. See green-winged teal. * * *
common tern.
See under tern1. * * *
common time
Music. a meter or tempo of four beats per measure, with each of four quarter notes receiving a single beat. Symbol: C Also called common measure. [1665-75] * * *
common topaz
topaz (def. 2). * * *
common touch
the ability to communicate with, appeal to, or inspire ordinary people. [1940-45] * * *
Common types of volcanic rock
▪ Table Common types of volcanic rock name silica content (percent) major minerals colour approximate density with no voids (grams per cubic cm) basalt 45-53 Ca feldspar, ...
common year
an ordinary year of 365 days; a year having no intercalary period. Cf. leap year. [1905-10] * * *
common yellow throat
a widely distributed wood warbler, Geothlypis trichas, of North America and Mexico, in the male having a black facial mask and yellow underparts. * * *
/kom"euhn law"/, adj. of, pertaining to, or established by common law: a common-law spouse. [1905-10] * * *
common-law marriage
a marriage without a civil or ecclesiastical ceremony, generally resulting from an agreement to marry followed by the couple's living together as husband and wife. [1905-10] * * ...
common-law marriage n. A marriage existing by mutual agreement between a man and a woman, or by the fact of their cohabitation, without a civil or religious ceremony. * * *
common-sense realism
—common-sense realist. Philos. See naive realism. * * *
common-situs picketing
☆ common-situs picketing [käm′ən sīt′əs ] n. the picketing of an entire construction site by a union striking against a particular contractor or subcontractor working ...
com·mon-si·tus picketing (kŏmʹən-sīʹtəs) also com·mon-site picketing (kŏmʹən-sīt') n. Picketing by a labor union of an entire construction project as a result of a ...
/kom"euh neuh beuhl/, adj. 1. held jointly; for general use; public: commonable lands. 2. allowed to be pastured on common land: commonable cattle. [1610-20; COMMON + -ABLE] * * *
/kom"euh nij/, n. 1. the joint use of anything, esp. a pasture. 2. the state of being held in common. 3. something that is so held, as land. 4. commonalty. [1600-10; COMMON + ...
/kom'euh nal"i tee/, n., pl. commonalities. 1. a sharing of features or characteristics in common; possession or manifestation of common attributes. 2. a feature or ...
/kom"euh nl tee/, n., pl. commonalties. 1. Also, commonality. the ordinary people, as distinguished from those with authority, rank, station, etc.; the common people. 2. an ...
commonbile duct
common bile duct n. The duct formed by the union of the cystic duct and the hepatic duct that carries bile from the liver and the gallbladder to the duodenum. * * *
common carrier n. 1. One that is in the business of transporting the public, goods, or messages for a fee. 2. A company that provides telecommunications services, as by telephone ...
common cold n. See cold. * * *
common denominator n. 1. Mathematics. A quantity into which all the denominators of a set of fractions may be divided without a remainder. 2. A commonly shared theme or trait. * ...
common divisor n. A quantity that is a factor of two or more quantities. Also called common factor. * * *
/kom"euh neuhr/, n. 1. a common person, as distinguished from one with rank, status, etc. 2. Brit. a. any person ranking below a peer; a person without a title of nobility. b. a ...
Commoner, Barry
born May 28, 1917, Brooklyn, N.Y. U.S. biologist and educator. He studied at Harvard University and taught at Washington University and Queens College. His warnings, since the ...
Com·mon Era (kŏmʹən) n. Abbr. C.E. The period coinciding with the Christian era. * * *
common factor n. See common divisor. * * *
common fraction n. A fraction having an integer as a numerator and an integer as a denominator. * * *
common gender n. 1. In Modern English, the gender of those nouns that apply to either sex, as spouse, parent, or mouse. 2. In some languages, the gender of those nouns that may ...
common grackle n. A large grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) of eastern North America, having iridescent blackish-purple plumage and a long, wedge-shaped tail. * * *
common ground n. A foundation for mutual understanding: “The leaders failed to find common ground on the defensive side of this possible bargain” (McGeorge Bundy). * * *
common law n. The system of laws originated and developed in England and based on court decisions, on the doctrines implicit in those decisions, and on customs and usages rather ...
common logarithm n. A logarithm to the base 10, especially as distinguished from a natural logarithm. * * *
/kom"euhn lee/, adv. 1. usually; generally; ordinarily. 2. in a common manner. [1250-1300; ME communeli(che). See COMMON, -LY] Syn. 1. normally, customarily, routinely. * * *

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