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 for Common time
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Common \Com"mon\, a. [Compar. Commoner; superl. Commonest.]
     [OE. commun, comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis;
     com- + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make
     fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E.
     mean low, common. Cf. Immunity, Commune, n. & v.]
     1. Belonging or relating equally, or similarly, to more than
        one; as, you and I have a common interest in the property.
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              Though life and sense be common to men and brutes.
                                                    --Sir M. Hale.
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     2. Belonging to or shared by, affecting or serving, all the
        members of a class, considered together; general; public;
        as, properties common to all plants; the common schools;
        the Book of Common Prayer.
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              Such actions as the common good requireth. --Hooker.
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              The common enemy of man.              --Shak.
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     3. Often met with; usual; frequent; customary.
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              Grief more than common grief.         --Shak.
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     4. Not distinguished or exceptional; inconspicuous; ordinary;
        plebeian; -- often in a depreciatory sense.
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              The honest, heart-felt enjoyment of common life.
                                                    --W. Irving.
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              This fact was infamous
              And ill beseeming any common man,
              Much more a knight, a captain and a leader. --Shak.
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              Above the vulgar flight of common souls. --A.
                                                    Murphy.
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     5. Profane; polluted. [Obs.]
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              What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
                                                    --Acts x. 15.
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     6. Given to habits of lewdness; prostitute.
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              A dame who herself was common.        --L'Estrange.
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     Common bar (Law) Same as Blank bar, under Blank.
  
     Common barrator (Law), one who makes a business of
        instigating litigation.
  
     Common Bench, a name sometimes given to the English Court
        of Common Pleas.
  
     Common brawler (Law), one addicted to public brawling and
        quarreling. See Brawler.
  
     Common carrier (Law), one who undertakes the office of
        carrying (goods or persons) for hire. Such a carrier is
        bound to carry in all cases when he has accommodation, and
        when his fixed price is tendered, and he is liable for all
        losses and injuries to the goods, except those which
        happen in consequence of the act of God, or of the enemies
        of the country, or of the owner of the property himself.
        
  
     Common chord (Mus.), a chord consisting of the fundamental
        tone, with its third and fifth.
  
     Common council, the representative (legislative) body, or
        the lower branch of the representative body, of a city or
        other municipal corporation.
  
     Common crier, the crier of a town or city.
  
     Common divisor (Math.), a number or quantity that divides
        two or more numbers or quantities without a remainder; a
        common measure.
  
     Common gender (Gram.), the gender comprising words that may
        be of either the masculine or the feminine gender.
  
     Common law, a system of jurisprudence developing under the
        guidance of the courts so as to apply a consistent and
        reasonable rule to each litigated case. It may be
        superseded by statute, but unless superseded it controls.
        --Wharton.
  
     Note: It is by others defined as the unwritten law
           (especially of England), the law that receives its
           binding force from immemorial usage and universal
           reception, as ascertained and expressed in the
           judgments of the courts. This term is often used in
           contradistinction from statute law. Many use it to
           designate a law common to the whole country. It is also
           used to designate the whole body of English (or other)
           law, as distinguished from its subdivisions, local,
           civil, admiralty, equity, etc. See Law.
  
     Common lawyer, one versed in common law.
  
     Common lewdness (Law), the habitual performance of lewd
        acts in public.
  
     Common multiple (Arith.) See under Multiple.
  
     Common noun (Gram.), the name of any one of a class of
        objects, as distinguished from a proper noun (the name of
        a particular person or thing).
  
     Common nuisance (Law), that which is deleterious to the
        health or comfort or sense of decency of the community at
        large.
  
     Common pleas, one of the three superior courts of common
        law at Westminster, presided over by a chief justice and
        four puisne judges. Its jurisdiction is confined to civil
        matters. Courts bearing this title exist in several of the
        United States, having, however, in some cases, both civil
        and criminal jurisdiction extending over the whole State.
        In other States the jurisdiction of the common pleas is
        limited to a county, and it is sometimes called a county
        court. Its powers are generally defined by statute.
  
     Common prayer, the liturgy of the Church of England, or of
        the Protestant Episcopal church of the United States,
        which all its clergy are enjoined to use. It is contained
        in the Book of Common Prayer.
  
     Common school, a school maintained at the public expense,
        and open to all.
  
     Common scold (Law), a woman addicted to scolding
        indiscriminately, in public.
  
     Common seal, a seal adopted and used by a corporation.
  
     Common sense.
        (a) A supposed sense which was held to be the common bond
            of all the others. [Obs.] --Trench.
        (b) Sound judgment. See under Sense.
  
     Common time (Mus.), that variety of time in which the
        measure consists of two or of four equal portions.
  
     In common, equally with another, or with others; owned,
        shared, or used, in community with others; affecting or
        affected equally.
  
     Out of the common, uncommon; extraordinary.
  
     Tenant in common, one holding real or personal property in
        common with others, having distinct but undivided
        interests. See Joint tenant, under Joint.
  
     To make common cause with, to join or ally one's self with.
  
     Syn: General; public; popular; national; universal; frequent;
          ordinary; customary; usual; familiar; habitual; vulgar;
          mean; trite; stale; threadbare; commonplace. See
          Mutual, Ordinary, General.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Time \Time\, n.; pl. Times. [OE. time, AS. t[imac]ma, akin to
     t[imac]d time, and to Icel. t[imac]mi, Dan. time an hour, Sw.
     timme. [root]58. See Tide, n.]
     1. Duration, considered independently of any system of
        measurement or any employment of terms which designate
        limited portions thereof.
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              The time wasteth [i. e. passes away] night and day.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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              I know of no ideas . . . that have a better claim to
              be accounted simple and original than those of space
              and time.                             --Reid.
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     2. A particular period or part of duration, whether past,
        present, or future; a point or portion of duration; as,
        the time was, or has been; the time is, or will be.
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              God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake
              in time past unto the fathers by the prophets.
                                                    --Heb. i. 1.
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     3. The period at which any definite event occurred, or person
        lived; age; period; era; as, the Spanish Armada was
        destroyed in the time of Queen Elizabeth; -- often in the
        plural; as, ancient times; modern times.
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     4. The duration of one's life; the hours and days which a
        person has at his disposal.
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              Believe me, your time is not your own; it belongs to
              God, to religion, to mankind.         --Buckminster.
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     5. A proper time; a season; an opportunity.
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              There is . . . a time to every purpose. --Eccl. iii.
                                                    1.
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              The time of figs was not yet.         --Mark xi. 13.
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     6. Hour of travail, delivery, or parturition.
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              She was within one month of her time. --Clarendon.
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     7. Performance or occurrence of an action or event,
        considered with reference to repetition; addition of a
        number to itself; repetition; as, to double cloth four
        times; four times four, or sixteen.
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              Summers three times eight save one.   --Milton.
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     8. The present life; existence in this world as contrasted
        with immortal life; definite, as contrasted with infinite,
        duration.
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              Till time and sin together cease.     --Keble.
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     9. (Gram.) Tense.
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     10. (Mus.) The measured duration of sounds; measure; tempo;
         rate of movement; rhythmical division; as, common or
         triple time; the musician keeps good time.
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               Some few lines set unto a solemn time. --Beau. &
                                                    Fl.
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     Note: Time is often used in the formation of compounds,
           mostly self-explaining; as, time-battered,
           time-beguiling, time-consecrated, time-consuming,
           time-enduring, time-killing, time-sanctioned,
           time-scorner, time-wasting, time-worn, etc.
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     Absolute time, time irrespective of local standards or
        epochs; as, all spectators see a lunar eclipse at the same
        instant of absolute time.
  
     Apparent time, the time of day reckoned by the sun, or so
        that 12 o'clock at the place is the instant of the transit
        of the sun's center over the meridian.
  
     Astronomical time, mean solar time reckoned by counting the
        hours continuously up to twenty-four from one noon to the
        next.
  
     At times, at distinct intervals of duration; now and then;
        as, at times he reads, at other times he rides.
  
     Civil time, time as reckoned for the purposes of common
        life in distinct periods, as years, months, days, hours,
        etc., the latter, among most modern nations, being divided
        into two series of twelve each, and reckoned, the first
        series from midnight to noon, the second, from noon to
        midnight.
  
     Common time (Mil.), the ordinary time of marching, in which
        ninety steps, each twenty-eight inches in length, are
        taken in one minute.
  
     Equation of time. See under Equation, n.
  
     In time.
         (a) In good season; sufficiently early; as, he arrived in
             time to see the exhibition.
         (b) After a considerable space of duration; eventually;
             finally; as, you will in time recover your health and
             strength.
  
     Mean time. See under 4th Mean.
  
     Quick time (Mil.), time of marching, in which one hundred
        and twenty steps, each thirty inches in length, are taken
        in one minute.
  
     Sidereal time. See under Sidereal.
  
     Standard time, the civil time that has been established by
        law or by general usage over a region or country. In
        England the standard time is Greenwich mean solar time. In
        the United States and Canada four kinds of standard time
        have been adopted by the railroads and accepted by the
        people, viz., Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific
        time, corresponding severally to the mean local times of
        the 75th, 90th, 105th, and 120th meridians west from
        Greenwich, and being therefore five, six, seven, and eight
        hours slower than Greenwich time.
  
     Time ball, a ball arranged to drop from the summit of a
        pole, to indicate true midday time, as at Greenwich
        Observatory, England. --Nichol.
  
     Time bargain (Com.), a contract made for the sale or
        purchase of merchandise, or of stock in the public funds,
        at a certain time in the future.
  
     Time bill. Same as Time-table. [Eng.]
  
     Time book, a book in which is kept a record of the time
        persons have worked.
  
     Time detector, a timepiece provided with a device for
        registering and indicating the exact time when a watchman
        visits certain stations in his beat.
  
     Time enough, in season; early enough. "Stanly at Bosworth
        field, . . . came time enough to save his life." --Bacon.
  
     Time fuse, a fuse, as for an explosive projectile, which
        can be so arranged as to ignite the charge at a certain
        definite interval after being itself ignited.
  
     Time immemorial, or Time out of mind. (Eng. Law) See
        under Immemorial.
  
     Time lock, a lock having clockwork attached, which, when
        wound up, prevents the bolt from being withdrawn when
        locked, until a certain interval of time has elapsed.
  
     Time of day, salutation appropriate to the times of the
        day, as "good morning," "good evening," and the like;
        greeting.
  
     To kill time. See under Kill, v. t.
  
     To make time.
         (a) To gain time.
         (b) To occupy or use (a certain) time in doing something;
             as, the trotting horse made fast time.
  
     To move against time, To run against time, or To go
     against time, to move, run, or go a given distance without a
        competitor, in the quickest possible time; or, to
        accomplish the greatest distance which can be passed over
        in a given time; as, the horse is to run against time.
  
     True time.
         (a) Mean time as kept by a clock going uniformly.
         (b) (Astron.) Apparent time as reckoned from the transit
             of the sun's center over the meridian.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  common time
      n 1: a time signature indicating four beats to the bar [syn:
           common time, four-four time, quadruple time, common
           measure]

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