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noun

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.

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Origin of common measure

First recorded in 1710–20
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common measure

noun

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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