common measure

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But the Wharton professor argues that CPI—the most common measure of U.S. consumer prices—is misrepresenting the actual amount of inflation in the U.S. economy. Will Daniel, Fortune, 12 Jan. 2023 In her order, Cannon said they could be scrutinized not only for any potentially covered by attorney-client privilege, a relatively common measure, but also for executive privilege, which would be unprecedented in a federal criminal inquiry. Alan Feuer, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2022 One provided some validation for the condition by tracking heightened levels of skin conductance (a common measure of bodily arousal) when participants heard sounds that triggered them. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 18 Sep. 2019 First, the most crude and common measure, the posts with the most page views this year. Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 29 Dec. 2011 The most common measure of U.S. inflation, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), rose 8.2% from a year ago in September. Will Daniel, Fortune, 24 Oct. 2022 The most common measure of price increases in the American economy, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), rose 8.5% year-over-year in July, cooling from a 9.1% June jump that was the largest since 1981. Will Daniel, Fortune, 12 Sep. 2022 Using a common measure to compare hospitals’ relative financial health, the researchers found that NYU Langone had 118 days cash on hand, compared to Bellevue’s days cash on hand of less than one. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 Another common measure of value, however, the venerable price/earnings ratio, fared well. Suzanne Mcgee, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of common measure was in 1774

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“Common measure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/common%20measure. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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