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Book of Common Prayer the official book of services and prayers in the Anglican Church.
common carrier a person or company that transports cargo or passengers at standard fees.
common cold a common sickness that causes sneezing, sore throat, coughing, and a stuffy nose; cold.
common courtesy something generally done or said in a given situation in order to be considerate or polite.
common denominator a number into which the denominators of two or more fractions can all be evenly divided.
Common Era see Christian Era.
common fraction a fraction represented by a numerator, above a horizontal or diagonal line, and a denominator below. (Cf. decimal fraction.)
common law law based on custom or usage and on court decisions and opinions, rather than on statute. (Cf. statute law.)
Common Market an economic association of major western European countries mainly designed to eliminate tariffs on trade among member nations and establish uniform tariffs on goods from other countries; European Economic Community. [2 definitions]
common noun a noun that indicates a class of things or a general member of a class of things, people, or places. Common nouns usually have articles. (Cf. proper noun.)
common sense ordinary good judgment in everyday matters. Common sense is learned through experience and not through education.
common stock ordinary capital shares of a corporation that often provide dividends and confer voting privileges, but that place their owners' claims, in the event the corporation liquidates, below those of holders of preferred stocks or bonds.
common time a musical meter of four beats, usu. quarter notes, to the measure; four-four time.
common-law marriage a marriage not contracted through a religious or civil ceremony but recognized as legal after the partners have lived together for a legally specified period of time.
court of common pleas in some U.S. states, a court having general jurisdiction over civil suits.
in common owned or used together; shared.
least common denominator the smallest number that two or more fractions share as a common denominator; lowest common denominator.
least common multiple the smallest number into which each of two or more whole numbers is exactly divisible.