• WordNet 3.6
    • n uncommonness extraordinariness as a consequence of being rare and seldom encountered
    • n uncommonness extraordinariness as a consequence of being marked by an uncommon or superlative quality
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n uncommonness The state or character of being uncommon; rareness of occurrence; infrequency.
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  • Horace Greeley
    Horace Greeley
    “Common Sense is very uncommon.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “Doing common things uncommonly well.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “Put the uncommon effort into the common task... make it large by doing it in a great way.”
  • Melvin Powers
    Melvin Powers
    “The uncommon man is merely the common man thinking and dreaming of success in larger terms and in more fruitful areas.”
  • Booker T. Washington
    “Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”
  • George Washington Carver
    George Washington Carver
    “When you can do the common things in life in a uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”


In literature:

There are cocoanut trees all along the shore behind the beach, and an uncommon number of boughs amongst them.
"Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora" by Edward Edwards
He would spring up into the air five feet, and reel round and round, with uncommon rapidity.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
How charming to go to America, to see things much more uncommon, much more curious.
"Yr Ynys Unyg" by Julia de Winton
There is something very uncommon about her.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Now, it is by no means an uncommon occurrence in this world that a calm should follow close on the heels of a storm.
"Chasing the Sun" by R.M. Ballantyne
Such not uncommon for California.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
Union of the leaf or bract with the flower-stalk is not uncommon.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
Moreover, what appears bad is often found to be good, an' what seems good is pretty often uncommon bad.
"Blown to Bits" by R.M. Ballantyne
Those who understood Okematan and his ways were well aware that he thought La Certe uncommonly sly.
"The Buffalo Runners" by R.M. Ballantyne
I tell you he did something uncommonly kind.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Warren, with the appetite of a healthy young fellow, thought everything tasted uncommonly good, and really had nothing to say.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
And she's an uncommonly good-looking girl.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
I always thought there was something uncommon superior-like in his looks.
"Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1." by Samuel Warren
This species is not uncommon in the mountains of Colorado where it has been taken at various stations by Bethel.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
It's uncommonly odd Mr. Laurence doesn't write, but then, as a rule, I believe men hate letter writing.
"Norine's Revenge; Sir Noel's Heir" by May Agnes Fleming
I waited till the woman had taken her ballads away, and I had grown uncommonly cold in the legs, and then crept back to bed.
"The Hole in the Wall" by Arthur Morrison
How is it that at midnight there was such an uncommon splendour?
"The Life or Legend of Gaudama" by Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
Pen had a very good mare, and rode her with uncommon pluck and grace.
"A History of Pendennis, Volume 1" by William Makepeace Thackeray
It was no uncommon thing to find five and six miles of continuous street.
"The World and Its People: Book VII" by Anna B. Badlam
We were also slightly embarrassed and perhaps uncommonly modest.
"The Awakening of the Desert" by Julius C. Birge

In poetry:

But old Jan Riddle,
So I've heard tell,
He played that viddle
Uncommon well —
"Second Fiddle" by Cicely Fox Smith
Yes, her beauty, though uncommon,
Would lack something, if it had not
My devotion.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Said B., "I will give you my bond
I mean them uncommonly well,
Believe me, my excellent POND,
And credit me, worthy MORELL.
"The Force of Argument" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I know a thing that's most uncommon;
(Envy, be silent and attend!)
I know a reasonable Woman,
Handsome and witty, yet a Friend.
"On a Certain Lady at Court" by Alexander Pope
They say when I'm grown up these things will appear
More plain than they do when I look at them here,
But I think I see some things uncommonly clear,
As I sit and look down from the window.
"What Miss Edith Saw From Her Window" by Francis Bret Harte
And you wait, keep waiting for that one thing
which would infinitely enrich your life:
the powerful, uniquely uncommon,
the awakening of dormant stones,
depths that would reveal you to yourself.
"Rememberance" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

"I think it's what we're seeing in many developed countries, so the 15 per cent of couples having challenges conceiving is not uncommon in 2012 or in the current landscape," Tough said Wednesday from Calgary.
'Uncommon Egret' by Deb Garst.
Living next to train tracks, loud noises aren't uncommon.
This is not uncommon for the early fall.
This past weekend brought something a little more uncommon, freezing drizzle .
Movement-related adverse events are not uncommon in patients taking metoclopramide.
' Elizabeth I ' author details an uncommon woman.
It is not uncommon for a law professor to have a client on death row.
Emily Bergl is a young actor of uncommon talent, great integrity, and no particular beauty.
Small Shows and Blockbusters Share Uncommon Ambition.
Wild boar are not uncommon in Germany, but wild boar attacks are.
It is not uncommon for designers to reuse pop cultural markers as a source of inspiration.
A new restaurant with an uncommon calling.
The Musical, the fall production of the Jamestown Community College Uncommoners, opens at 8 pm Friday in JCC's Scharmann Theatre.
Victims in Sandusky case displayed uncommon bravery .

In science:

Of course the breaking of continuous space symmetries is not uncommon in phenomenology, e.g. the bag model, the quark potential model, the Skyrme model, etc.
Body Fixed Frame, Rigid Gauge Rotations and Large N Random Fields in QCD
Identifying unordered terms is not uncommon and is done in other calculi .
Extending the Lambda Calculus to Express Randomized and Quantumized Algorithms
These stars exist near the Eddington luminosity limit, and exhibit a wide range of uncommon stellar properties.
Two Decades of Hypergiant Research
The spectra of F-type supergiants display uncommonly broad absorption lines which are ascribed to a well developed large-scale velocity field.
Two Decades of Hypergiant Research
As Cohen (1981) and Putman & Gibson (1999) have shown, such connections are not uncommon and clearly show that some HVCs are most definitely of a Galactic nature.
The Infall of Gas onto the Galactic Disk
Where studies used to look at networks of maybe tens or in extreme cases hundreds of vertices, it is not uncommon now to see networks with millions or even billions of vertices.
The structure and function of complex networks
Asymmetric interferometers are not uncommon. A number of proposed experiments are essentially asymmetric.
Duality in asymmetric Quantum optical Ramsey interferometers
For a gamma-ray burst it is not uncommon to find a time travelled before reaching our Earth detectors of order T ∼ 1017 s.
A perspective on Quantum Gravity Phenomenology
Jovian exoplanets with periods mu ch smaller than 3 days) are not extremely uncommon.
Two new "very hot Jupiters" among the OGLE transiting candidates
For a gamma-ray burst it is not uncommon that the time travelled before reaching our Earth detectors be of order T ∼ 1017s.
Planck-scale Lorentz-symmetry test theories
Such behavior was certainly uncommon at that point.
Neutron Scattering Studies of Antiferromagnetic Correlations in Cuprates
For now we restrict to non-recursive tests, as the characterization proof in Sec. 5 is already involved; however, it is not uncommon to restrict to non-recursive tests in probabilistic testing initially, for the sake of clear presentation (see e.g. [8, 9]).
Testing Reactive Probabilistic Processes
After segmenting the mosaic image (Fig. 7), it becomes obvious that a very simple method to find interesting regions in an image is to look for those regions in the image that have a significant number of uncommon pixels.
Field geology with a wearable computer: 1st results of the Cyborg Astrobiologist System
Figure 5: These are the uncommon maps for the mosaic shown in Fig. 4, based on the region sizes determined by the image-segmentation algorithm shown in Fig. 7.
Field geology with a wearable computer: 1st results of the Cyborg Astrobiologist System
Also shown is the interest map, i.e., the unweighted sum of the three uncommon maps.
Field geology with a wearable computer: 1st results of the Cyborg Astrobiologist System