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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Com·mon n.
 1. The people; the community. [Obs.] “The weal o' the common.”
 2. An inclosed or uninclosed tract of ground for pleasure, for pasturage, etc., the use of which belongs to the public; or to a number of persons.
 3. Law The right of taking a profit in the land of another, in common either with the owner or with other persons; -- so called from the community of interest which arises between the claimant of the right and the owner of the soil, or between the claimants and other commoners entitled to the same right.
 Common appendant, a right belonging to the owners or occupiers of arable land to put commonable beasts upon the waste land in the manor where they dwell.
 Common appurtenant, a similar right applying to lands in other manors, or extending to other beasts, besides those which are generally commonable, as hogs.
 Common because of vicinage or Common because of neighborhood, the right of the inhabitants of each of two townships, lying contiguous to each other, which have usually intercommoned with one another, to let their beasts stray into the other's fields. - - Common in gross or Common at large, a common annexed to a man's person, being granted to him and his heirs by deed; or it may be claimed by prescriptive right, as by a parson of a church or other corporation sole. --Blackstone.
 Common of estovers, the right of taking wood from another's estate.
 Common of pasture, the right of feeding beasts on the land of another. --Burill.
 Common of piscary, the right of fishing in waters belonging to another.
 Common of turbary, the right of digging turf upon the ground of another.