common time


Definition of common time

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Phone switching is the most common time for carriers to gain or lose a subscriber. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "New 5G iPhones Kick Off Poaching Season for Carriers," 17 Oct. 2020 That’s not altogether surprising, Tibbitts said, since national research shows that the most common time for a person in the United States to be homeless is during the first year of life. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Groups call for long-term efforts to stabilize Utah’s unsheltered families during pandemic," 26 Sep. 2020 While late August is hardly a common time for a Hollywood release, a push to the fall or early 2021 would have been difficult given Disney’s other movies, which have also been rescheduled due to the pandemic. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, "Disney shifts ‘Mulan’ as Hollywood throws in the towel on July," 26 June 2020 Remote learning has two broad logistical options: scheduling a common time for students and teachers to meet online or allowing students to login at their will to access prepared materials. Max Londberg,, "'Is this for real?' Mason educators huddle to chart how students will learn in a pandemic," 13 Mar. 2020 The end of the regular season is the most common time for teams to cut coaches loose. New York Times, "Ron Rivera, Cast Out of Carolina, Lands With the Washington Redskins," 31 Dec. 2019 Spring and summer are the most common times for infection, the CDC says. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "8 Tick-Borne Illnesses That Aren’t Lyme Disease," 26 July 2019 Asteatotic eczema, on the other hand, is more seasonal, and fall and winter are the most common times that people experience eczema flare-ups. Talia Abbas, SELF, "11 Tips for How to Treat Eczema During the Winter," 7 Jan. 2019 Big junctures in life are a common time for a celestial steer. The Economist, "Prophets and profitsIn South Korea fortune-telling will soon be a $3.7bn business," 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of common time

1662, in the meaning defined above

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“Common time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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