• Looking towards Farnham from Thursley Common
    Looking towards Farnham from Thursley Common
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Commons the common people
    • n commons a class composed of persons lacking clerical or noble rank
    • n commons a pasture subject to common use
    • n commons a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area "they went for a walk in the park"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Devil's Jumps, from Frensham Common The Devil's Jumps, from Frensham Common
The Golf House and Windmill, Wimbledon Common The Golf House and Windmill, Wimbledon Common
Common Bend Common Bend
Fruits common to most of the States Fruits common to most of the States
One of the Book-plates of Robert Harley as a Commoner One of the Book-plates of Robert Harley as a Commoner
The Common Swallow The Common Swallow

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The three most common elements in the universe are 1) hydrogen; 2) helium; 3) oxygen.
    • Commons A club or association for boarding at a common table, as in a college, the members sharing the expenses equally; as, to board in commons .
    • Commons A common; public pasture ground. "To shake his ears, and graze in commons ."
    • Commons Provisions; food; fare, -- as that provided at a common table in colleges and universities. "Their commons , though but coarse, were nothing scant."
    • Commons The House of Commons, or lower house of the British Parliament, consisting of representatives elected by the qualified voters of counties, boroughs, and universities. "It is agreed that the Commons were no part of the great council till some ages after the Conquest."
    • Commons The mass of the people, as distinguished from the titled classes or nobility; the commonalty; the common people. "'T is like the commons , rude unpolished hinds,
      Could send such message to their sovereign."
      "The word commons in its present ordinary signification comprises all the people who are under the rank of peers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The tonsillectomy is the most common surgical procedure.
    • commons The people; especially, the common people as distinguished from their rulers or a ruling class; hence, the mean; the vulgar; the rabble.
    • commons Specifically The freemen of England as organized in their early shires, municipalities, and guilds; the represented people.
    • commons In the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and in the Dominion of Canada, the lower house of Parliament, consisting in both instances of the commoners chosen by the people as their representatives; the House of Commons. This title was also given to the lower branch of the legislature of North Carolina from 1776 to 1868.
    • commons Food provided at a common table, as in colleges, where many persons eat at the same table or in the same hall; also, a college ordinary; food or fare in general.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: What does a Dead Leaf, Paper Kite, Blue Striped Crow,Julia and Great Egg Fly have in common? They're all butterflies!Thanx Bijou
    • Commons the common people: their representatives—i.e. the lower House of Parliament or House of Commons: common land: food at a common table: at Oxford, rations served at a fixed rate from the college buttery: food in general, rations
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  • George Meredith
    “That rarest gift to Beauty, Common Sense!”
  • Proverb
    “He who does not have common sense at age thirty will never have it.”
  • Gaelic Proverb
    Gaelic Proverb
    “Common sense hides shame.”
  • Persian Proverb
    Persian Proverb
    “One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it.”
  • Sam Rayburn
    Sam Rayburn
    “If a man has common sense, he has all the sense there is.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    “It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another, but above all try something.”


The common weal - If something is done for the common weal, it is done in the interests and for the benefit of the majority or the general public.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. commun—L. communis, prob. from com, together, and munis, serving, obliging.


In literature:

The only one which seemed to be equally injurious is the common single knot, of which no diagram is necessary.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
Again, experiences having an alleged common cause would not have, merely for that reason, a common object.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
King and nation were to meet common dangers by action undertaken in common.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
This is a bark procured from some particular trees, of which the bunut and ibu are the most common.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
It is for our common country, and common interest.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
This is a common habit with many animals; and these "runways" are easily detected by the matted leaves and grass and the broken twigs.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
The empire has been knit together by a common heroism, a common sacrifice, a common glory, and a common cause.
"The Young Man and the World" by Albert J. Beveridge
Whether the common experience which men thus obtain is rightly interpreted is a question which does not concern us here.
"Illusions" by James Sully
This is commonly met with in the palm of the hand of labouring men who have recently resumed work after a spell of idleness.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
There are no privileges or exemptions from the infirmities of our common nature.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
It is not a sign of weakness; or if so, it is a weakness common to all men.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
The Mycelium is commonly called the spawn of mushrooms.
"Among the Mushrooms" by Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin
They consist of a group of secreting sacs, terminating at one extremity in a closed tube, while the other opens into a common duct.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The flowers are very like those of the Common Whin, but they are much larger, and the yellow colour is deeper and more golden.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith
This bird is common in the hottest parts of America, learns to speak, is very docile, sociable, and requires only common attention.
"The Natural History of Cage Birds" by J. M. Bechstein
Ascending the staircase, we come to a gallery in which are the library, the wardrobe, the common house, and the common treasury.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
The scientific name cannot be changed under the rules of nomenclature, but a change in the common name would seem desirable.
"Life Histories of North American Wood Warblers Part One and Part Two" by Arthur Bent
The instruments classed with the flute, are the common flutes of various keys, German flutes, and several kinds of flageolets.
"Popular Technology; Volume 2" by Edward Hazen
He soon won for himself a marked distinction in the House of Commons.
"British Political Leaders" by Justin McCarthy
There, too, are the common crow blackbirds.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller

In poetry:

A common grave be then my lot,
My deeds were of no lasting good,
And I shall lie and only rot,
Remembered not by neighbourhood.
"Man's Ambition" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
Sharers of a common country,
They had met in deadly strife;
Men who should have been as brothers
Madly sought each other's life.
"Home, Sweet Home" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
No more these simple flowers belong
To Scottish maid and lover;
Sown in the common soil of song,
They bloom the wide world over.
"Burns" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There's naught common or unclean
In this splendid new-made earth:
Hearts uplifted, eyes serene,
Grief goes gayer now than mirth.
"The Heroes" by Katharine Tynan
Who could those common people be,
Of days the plainest, barest?
They were we;
Yes; happier than the cleverest, smartest, rarest.
"A Jog-Trot Pair" by Thomas Hardy
``It is the sunset hour when all
Begin to feel the need to pray,
Upon our common Father call
To guard the night, condone the day.
"Outside The Village Church" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Mastering Common Core standards in any language.
USGS geophysicist Jessica Sigala Turner said aftershocks are common and may continue for months following a quake with Saturday's magnitude.
USGS geophysicist Jessica Sigala Turner said aftershocks are common and may continue for months following a quake the magnitude of Saturday night's earthquake.
Kim & Aga : Across continents, common ground.
Editorial stands for common sense and other Letters to the Editors.
Botched "Ecce Homo" Courtesy of Wiki Commons.
However, variations in the mat width and material are common.
The new TL Series Liftkleen semiautomatic immersion parts washer from Graymills, Chicago, IL, offers operating capabilities and features commonly only found in high-end equipment, say company officials.
Years ago, manufacturing tolerances weren't as tight as they are now, and air leaks that cause finicky engine performance were common then.
The first Air Rifle Match between Dzantik'i Heeni and Floyd Dryden's Air Rifle Teams was held Thursday in the commons at Floyd Dryden Middle School.
Some years ago it was common for air-cooled condensers to develop leaks, resulting in unpredictable shorter service life.
Muchilottu Bhagavathy Theyyam (bobinson, via Wikimedia Commons).
What can we do to help prevent the run-off of phosphorus – a common farm fertilizer and key nutrient for algae .
How common blunders can alienate your patients.
As the name suggests, Common-Sense is a common point for sensors and interfaces in the world of show control and systems integration.

In science:

The difference to Case 1 is that even if J (α) 0 = 0, one needs a little bit more common randomness than that in order to protect a common message, as can be seen in the choice of L0 and L′ 0 above.
Strong Secrecy for Multiple Access Channels
Thus the transmission of a common message is impossible if common randomness is not available.
Strong Secrecy for Multiple Access Channels
Or the correlated events share a local Common Cause (CC) in their common past as two readers of this text whose readings are highly correlated.
Quantum correlations in Newtonian space and time: arbitrarily fast communication or nonlocality
Sometimes the common or direct causes may be subtle and not easy to detect, as twins that look extraordinarily alike thanks to common genes (local variables, i.e.
Quantum correlations in Newtonian space and time: arbitrarily fast communication or nonlocality
One of the most common outcomes of the CE phase are the close detached white dwarf plus main-sequence binaries, known as Post Common Envelope Binaries (PCEBs).
Eclipsing Post Common Envelope Binaries from the Catalina Surveys
Indeed, it is often regarded as a unifying framework for comparing these approaches by bringing into focus their common features and neutralizing their differences using a common terminology based on decision rules, action spaces, loss and risk functions, admissibility, etc.; see Berger (1985), Robert (2007).
Why the Decision Theoretic Perspective Misrepresents Frequentist Inference: 'Nuts and Bolts' vs. Learning from Data
The longest common subsequence is probably the most common measure of global similarity between strings.
General approach to the fluctuations problem in random sequence comparison
An arrangement of pseudochords is a finite set M of simple curves in the plane with endpoints on a common simple closed curve CM , such that all the curves from M lie in the region bounded by CM and every two curves in M have at most one common point, which is a proper crossing.
Improved enumeration of simple topological graphs
This is only possible by maximizing the use of common infrastructure such as mechanical devices, electronics architectures and data acquisition systems, and by working within a common software and analysis framework that facilitates combination and comparison of test beam data.
Calorimetry for Lepton Collider Experiments - CALICE results and activities
House of Commons (2004) House of Commons - Science and Technology - Written Evidence.
Deep Impact: Unintended consequences of journal rank
A strongly regular graph is a regular graph such that there are integers λ, µ such that any two adjacent vertices have λ common neighbors and any two non-adjacent neighbors have µ common neighbors.
Simple random walk on distance-regular graphs
N (s) is the probability density function (pdf ) of the span or range, s = S/√2t, and pc N (w) is the pdf of the common span or common range, w = W/√2t, for N independent BMs (see Fig. 1) on the unit time interval .
Exact distributions of the number of distinct and common sites visited by N independent random walkers
In (15), one interprets the first term as one single particle creating a common span [−j2 , w − j2 ] of size w and the second term as two particles collaboratively creating the same common span (in a unit time interval) .
Exact distributions of the number of distinct and common sites visited by N independent random walkers
Discrete sampling (and the associated overshoot effect) was considered in the case that the sensors observe independent Brownian motions with common drift µ at discrete, equidistant times with common period h.
Low-rate renewal theory and efficient estimation using censored observations
The running time of the algorithm is the sum of the number of steps to find the common neighbours for each edge and the number of steps to test if these common neighbours form a clique.
Large cliques in sparse random intersection graphs