common measure

noun

Definition of common measure 

: a meter consisting chiefly of iambic lines of 7 accents each arranged in rhymed pairs usually printed in 4-line stanzas

called also common meter

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But, adjusted for one common measure of inflation, the $100,000 original cost would instead be about $197,000 today. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Treasury Chief Calls Changing Capital-Gains Rule a Job for Congress First," 29 June 2018 Speed humps, which are similar to speed bumps but are slightly lower and placed at a longer driving distance, are the most common measure used. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "Glendale City Council approves more lenient speed-hump criteria," 25 May 2018 The circumference of his upper arm, a common measure for malnutrition, was 7 centimeters, less than 3 inches. Washington Post, "In Yemen, a mother’s quest to save her baby from starvation," 5 May 2018 It’s unclear if a US court ever validated the order with an international enforcement of judgment, a common measure for foreign rulings involving US businesses. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "The battle for France.com," 30 Apr. 2018 One common measure of risk-taking, known as value-at-risk, rose sharply in the quarter. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Goldman Profit Surges but Investors Lament Buyback Pause," 17 Apr. 2018 As high-school GPAs continue to go up because of grade inflation, having the common measure provided by admissions test scores is useful. Nathan Kuncel And, WSJ, "The Truth About the SAT and ACT," 8 Mar. 2018 Residents of Darnestown, Maryland, are most likely to sport similar paychecks, according to Bloomberg’s calculation of the Gini Index—a common measure of income distribution among a population. Shelly Hagan, Bloomberg.com, "America’s 100 Richest Places," 5 Mar. 2018 One common measure of a congressional map is to look at the result of the median congressional district in the average statewide election (here, the five contests in 2016). New York Times, "Hundreds of Simulated Maps Show How Well Democrats Fared in Pennsylvania," 26 Feb. 2018

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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