hour
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French ure, eure, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin hora canonical hour, from Latin, hour of the day, from Greek hōra — more at year Date: 13th century 1. a time or office for daily liturgical devotion; especially canonical hour 2. the 24th part of a day ; 60 minutes 3. a. the time of day reckoned in two 12-hour periods b. plural the time reckoned in one 24-hour period from midnight to midnight using a 4-digit number of which the first two digits indicate the hour and the last two digits indicate the minute <
in the military 4:30 p.m. is called 1630 hours
>
4. a. a customary or particular time <
lunch hour
>
<
in our hour of need
>
; also moment 1b <
hero of the hour
>
b. plural time of going to bed <
keeps late hours
>
; also time of working <
banker's hours
>
5. an angular unit of right ascension equal to 15 degrees measured along the celestial equator 6. the work done or distance traveled at normal rate in an hour <
the city was two hours away
>
7. a. a class session b. credit hour, semester hour

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  • hour — W1S1 [auə US aur] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(60 minutes)¦ 2¦(business/work etc)¦ 3 (work) long/regular etc hours 4¦(time of day)¦ 5¦(long time)¦ 6¦(o clock)¦ 7 1300/1530/1805 etc hours 8 by the hour/from hour to hour 9 lunch/din …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hour — [ aur ] noun *** ▸ 1 60 minutes of time ▸ 2 a long time ▸ 3 time in which you do something ▸ 4 particular time of day ▸ 5 point in history/life ▸ 6 exact time ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) count a period of time that consists of 60 minutes. 30 minutes is… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Hour — Hour, n. [OE. hour, our, hore, ure, OF. hore, ore, ure, F. heure, L. hora, fr. Gr. ?, orig., a definite space of time, fixed by natural laws; hence, a season, the time of the day, an hour. See {Year}, and cf. {Horologe}, {Horoscope}.] 1. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hour — [our] n. [ME < OFr hore < L hora < Gr hōra, hour, time, period, season < IE base * yē , year, summer (< * ei , to go) > YEAR] 1. a) a division of time, one of the twenty four parts of a day; sixty minutes b) one of the twelve… …   English World dictionary

  • hour — hour; hour·age; hour·less; hour·ly; …   English syllables

  • hour — ► NOUN 1) a period of time equal to a twenty fourth part of a day and night; 60 minutes. 2) a time of day specified as an exact number of hours from midnight or midday. 3) a period set aside for a particular purpose or activity. 4) a point in… …   English terms dictionary

  • hour — (hour) s. m. Espèce de hangar ou d atelier destiné à travailler le bois pour le sabotage, etc. HISTORIQUE    XIVe s. •   Hour de cloe, DU CANGE craticulatum..    XVe s. •   Quant ilz vindrent près, ilz trouverent que on y avoit fait grand nombre… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • hour — mid 13c., from O.Fr. hore one twelfth of a day (sunrise to sunset), from L. hora hour, time, season, from Gk. hora any limited time, from PIE *yor a , from root *yer year, season (see YEAR (Cf. year)). Greek hora was a season; the season; in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hour — index point (period of time) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • hour */*/*/ — UK [ˈaʊə(r)] / US [aʊr] noun Word forms hour : singular hour plural hours 1) a) [countable] a period of time that consists of 60 minutes. 30 minutes is usually called half an hour, 15 minutes can be called a quarter of an hour, and 45 minutes can …   English dictionary

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