common time


: a musical meter marked by four beats per measure with the quarter note receiving a single beat

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This is just one of many common time-travel paradoxes brought about by traveling faster than light. Paul M. Sutter, Discover Magazine, 21 Feb. 2023 Another common time to wake in the middle of the night is when your blood sugar drops. Lisa Desantis, Glamour, 8 Feb. 2023 As a bonus, magnetic reversals could provide a common time marker for rocks from different locations. Byzack Savitsky,, 20 Dec. 2022 Ackerman says the 10 to 11 age range when children are approximately around fifth or sixth grade, tends to be a common time for children to receive their first cell phones due to safety aspects that the devices can provide. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 21 July 2022 Find a common time for people to convene and connect every week. Anne Iversen, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The most common time domains are 7, 10, 12, and 20 minutes. Spenser Mestel, Men's Health, 22 Feb. 2022 That’s usually a common time for manufacturers to try to push more purchases. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 23 Nov. 2021 The most common time that such data is made available to them is during either a routine or emergency health visit with a primary or urgent care provider. Frederick Daso, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of common time was in 1597

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“Common time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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