common measure

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  1. 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

Words Nearby common measure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use common measure in a sentence

  • It must apply to real things, and to things which have definite relations and a common measure.

  • There is always a common measure applicable in every formula for the estimation of conduct.

  • No common measure of obedience and gratitude, and love, seems to be required of them.

    Olive Leaves | Lydia Howard Sigourney

British Dictionary definitions for common measure

common measure

  1. another term for common time

  2. 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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