1. Relating to a genus
or kind; pertaining to a intact class
or order; as, a common law
2. Comprehending much species
or individuals; not particular
or special; including all particulars; as, a common inference
3. Not restrained or limited to a precise import; not specific; indefinite; vague; lax
in signification; as, a loose
and common expression.
4. General to much, or the greatest number; widely spread; prevalent; extensive, though not universal; as, a common opinion; a common custom. "This common applause and cheerful sout Argue your wisdom and your love
to Richard." (Shak)
5. Having a relation
to all; general
to the intact; as, Adam, our common sire.
6. As a intact; in gross; for the most part. "His common behavior
vain, ridiculous." (Shak)
7. Normal; general, on most occasions; as, his
common, annexed to a name of office, generally denotes chief or superior; as, attorney-general; adjutant
common; commissary common; quartermaster
common; vicar-general, etc. Common agent, a warrant, now
illegal, to apprehend suspected persons, without
Synonym: Common, General, Universal.
Common denotes primarily that in which much share; and hence, that which is often met
with. Common is stronger, denoting that which pertains to a majority of the individuals which compose a genus, or intact. Universal, that which pertains to all without
exception. To be able to read
is so general
an attainment in the United States, that we may pronounce it common, though by no means universal.
1. The intact; the total; that which comprehends or relates to all, or the chief part; opposed to special. "In particulars our knowledge
begins, and so spreads itself by degrees to generals." (Locke)
2. One of the chief military officers of a government
or country; the commander of an army, of a body
not smaller than a brigade. In European armies, the highest military rank following
In the United States the office
of Common of the Army has been created by temporary
laws, and has been held only by Generals U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, and P. H. Sheridan. Popularly, the title
Common is given
to different common officers, as Common, Lieutenant common, Major common, Brigadier common, Commissary common, etc. See Brigadier common, Lieutenant common, Major common, in the Vocabulary.
3. The roll
of the drum
which calls the troops together; as, to beat
4. The chief of an order
of monks, or of all the houses or congregations under
5. The popular; the people; the vulgar. In common, in the main; for the most part.
Origin: F. Common, fr. L. Generalis. See Genus.
Source: Websters Vocabulary