Entertainment / Literature / Common Measure: Also called common meter, common measure consists of closed poetic quatrains rhyming ABAB or ABCB, in which the lines of iambic tetrameter (eight syllables) alternate with lines of iambic trimeter (six syllables). This pattern is most often associated with ballads (see above), and it is occasionally referred to as 'ballad measure.' Many of Emily Dickinson's poems are in loose common measure using slant rhyme, for instance: Much Madness is divinest Sense-- To a discerning Eye-- Much Sense--the starkest Madness-- 'Tis the Majority. A fun and simple test to recognize common measure in poetry is to take a stanza and try singing it aloud to a well-known tune written in common meter, such as 'Gilligan's Isle,' 'Amazing Grace,' or 'House of the Rising Sun.' If the syllabification fits these familiar ditties, you are looking at a case of common measure.
Common Adjective Synonyms: mutual, reciprocal, joint, shared
Common Noun Synonyms: ordinary, everyday, commonplace, prosaic,ual, familiar, customary, prevalent, frequent, run-of-the-mill, general, normal, standard, conventional, regular, routine, stock, average, proverbial, plain, simple, garden-variety, common or garden
Measure Adverb Synonyms: amount, quantity, magnitude, amplitude, size, bulk, mass, extent, reach, dimension, scope, proportions, range, spread, capacity, volume, width, length, breadth, height, weight
Measure Adjective Synonyms: scale, gauge or technical gage, yardstick, rule, litmus test
Measure Noun Synonyms: system, standard, criterion, rule, method, barometer, Richter scale
Entertainment / Literature / Common Meter: Another term for common measure (see above). MORE
Business / Finance / Internal Measure: The number of days that a firm can finance operations without additional cash income. MORE