Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

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common carrier a person or company that transports cargo or passengers at standard fees.
common cold a common viral respiratory infection, accompanied by nasal congestion, sore throat, coughing, and the like; cold.
common courtesy something generally done or said in a given situation in order to be considerate or polite.
common denominator a number that is a common multiple of the denominators of more than one fraction. [2 definitions]
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 noun a noun, such as "boy," "poodle," or "town," that refers to a class, or to an unspecified member of a class, of persons, places, things, or the like, and that is often preceded by an article. (Cf. proper noun.)
common sense practical judgment based on experience or native intelligence, and not on education or training.
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 held or used jointly; shared. [2 definitions]
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.