common noun

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n common noun a noun that denotes any or all members of a class
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Common noun (Gram) the name of any one of a class of objects, as distinguished from a proper nounthe name of a particular person or thing).
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Usage

In literature:

There are twelve plural terminations of nouns, of which the most common is au.
"Wild Wales Its People, Language and Scenery" by George Borrow
The ATTRIBUTE ABSTRACT NOUNS are derived from adjectives and from common nouns.
"An English Grammar" by W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
NOUNS are of two kinds, common and proper.
"English Grammar in Familiar Lectures" by Samuel Kirkham
Nouns are either Proper or Common.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
This is a very common noun-suffix.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
It frequently occurs in common conversation, as a verb and noun, but not as frequently in the books as formerly.
"Lectures on Language" by William S. Balch
Common Nouns Substantive, and 2.
"Continental Monthly , Vol. 5, No. 6, June, 1864" by Various
Then the professor wrote down thirty nouns and verbs in common use.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
It is a common noun, and not the name of one particular place.
"Impressions of South Africa" by James Bryce
Capitalize also, common nouns in phrases used as proper nouns.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
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In science:

Thus, one would adopt atoms np (its image under V the collection of noun phrases), s (sentences) and n (common nouns), with subcategorization encoded by implications: np\s categorizes intransitive verbs, (np\s)/np transitive verbs, etc.
Tableaux for the Lambek-Grishin calculus
It can be inferred, however (using the structure available from the GF parser), that these unknowns are common nouns.
The GF Mathematics Library
Animals is a new common noun leading to a new entity A.
The GF Mathematics Library
Many nouns, especially common ones, have verbal or adjectival usages that preclude them from being in N .
Corpus Statistics Meet the Noun Compound: Some Empirical Results
Compare s against each p ∈ P , and look for common substructure starting at the head noun and working outwards; replace the largest common substructure found in s by the form one.
Generating One-Anaphoric Expressions: Where Does the Decision Lie?
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