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common measure

n.
A ballad stanza form in iambic meter, often rhyming in alternating pairs, that is typical of many church hymns. Also called common meter, hymnal stanza.

common measure

n
1. (Music, other) another term for common time
2. (Poetry) the usual stanza form of a ballad, consisting of four iambic lines rhyming a b c b or a b a b

com′mon meas′ure


n.
a ballad stanza of four iambic lines and strict rhymes, often used in hymns, rhyming abcb or abab.
Also called com′mon me′ter.
[1710–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.common measure - a time signature indicating four beats to the bar
musical time - (music) the beat of musical rhythm
2.common measure - an integer that divides two (or more) other integers evenly
divisor, factor - one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer; "what are the 4 factors of 6?"
greatest common divisor, greatest common factor, highest common factor - the largest integer that divides without remainder into a set of integers
3.common measure - the usual (iambic) meter of a ballad
cadence, metre, meter, measure, beat - (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
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