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common measure

Also called common meter, hymnal stanza. Prosody. a ballad stanza of four iambic lines and strict rhymes, often used in hymns, rhyming abcb or abab.
Origin of common measure
First recorded in 1710-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is not quite easy to find a common measure for these and for the Homeric poems.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker
  • But some magnitudes there are which have no common measure, as the Diagony of a quadrate and his side, 116.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • He had preserved in no common measure the innocence of childhood.

  • Commerce rejoices in, and progresses by, a common measure of Values.

    Principles of Political Economy

    Arthur Latham Perry
  • He is dealing with quantities for which he has found no common measure.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • The practice of thinking in a common measure is what is involved.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • This is the common measure in narrative and didactic poetry.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • No common measure of obedience and gratitude, and love, seems to be required of them.

    Olive Leaves Lydia Howard Sigourney
  • And these turns of language lend dignity in no common measure to the thought.

    On the Sublime Longinus
British Dictionary definitions for common measure

common measure

another term for common time
the usual stanza form of a ballad, consisting of four iambic lines rhyming a b c b or a b a b
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