from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Plural form of common.
- n. A dining hall, usually at a college or university.
- n. A central section of (usually an older) town, designated as a shared area, a common.
- n. The mutual good of all; the abstract concept of resources shared by more than one, for example air, water, information.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. The mass of the people, as distinguished from the titled classes or nobility; the commonalty; the common people.
- n.pl. The House of Commons, or lower house of the British Parliament, consisting of representatives elected by the qualified voters of counties, boroughs, and universities.
- n.pl. Provisions; food; fare, -- as that provided at a common table in colleges and universities.
- n.pl. A club or association for boarding at a common table, as in a college, the members sharing the expenses equally.
- n.pl. A common; public pasture ground.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The people; especially, the common people as distinguished from their rulers or a ruling class; hence, the mean; the vulgar; the rabble.
- Specifically The freemen of England as organized in their early shires, municipalities, and guilds; the represented people.
- In the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and in the Dominion of Canada, the lower house of Parliament, consisting in both instances of the commoners chosen by the people as their representatives; the House of Commons. This title was also given to the lower branch of the legislature of North Carolina from 1776 to 1868.
- Food provided at a common table, as in colleges, where many persons eat at the same table or in the same hall; also, a college ordinary; food or fare in general.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area
- n. a class composed of persons lacking clerical or noble rank
- n. a pasture subject to common use
- n. the common people
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Elliott Bledsoe: To me the commons is about being able to reuse content and knowing that you can.
I don't see it as demotion. dick newby was kennedys bag carrier and sadly sucombed to the same bunker mentality that he did in the end. i think given the traumas of the last 2 months having a COS in the commons is a good move. he'll also be very useful if as appears likely, the pig styes are to be cleared in cowley street.
Benkler: The property right created by the commons is the property right to use my equipment in ways that allow me to communicate.
But NAF self-consciously did use the word "commons", indeed so extravagantly that it was repeated more than 200 times in this brief 21 page document, twice as many times, interestingly, as they used the word "military".
The whole notion of a "commons" is anathema to the plumbing construct.
The idea of the commons is not scientific, it is a human construct.
Look, "tragedy of the commons" is shorthand for the way a resource may be destroyed when people have a right to consume it but no right to exclude others from doing so.
The herder receives all of the benefits from an additional cow, while the damage to the commons is shared by the entire group.
Sounds like the "tragedy of the commons" is one of the basis of libertarian thought to me.
A maritime commons is fundamentally antithetical to a territorial sea, which is what China claims.
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