- ( RP, Australia ) enPR: ouər, IPA: /aʊə( ɹ )/, SAMPA: /aU@r/
- ( US, CA ) enPR: our, IPA: /aʊɚ/, SAMPA: /aU@`/
- Rhymes: -aʊər
- Homophone: our ( depending on accent )
- A time period of sixty minutes; one twenty-fourth of a day .
- A season, moment, time or stound.
- ( poetic ) The time .
Middle English houre, oure from Anglo-Norman ( h )oure from Old French houre, ( h )ore from Latin hōra ( “hour” ) from Ancient Greek ὥρα ( hōrā, “any time or period, whether of the year, month, or day” ) from Proto-Indo-European *yer-, *yor- ( “year, season” ). Akin to Old English ġēar ( “year” ). Displaced native Middle English stunde, stound "hour, moment, stound" ( from Old English stund "hour, time, moment" ), Middle English ȝetid, tid "hour, time" ( from Old English *ġetīd, compare Old Saxon getīd "hour, time" ) .
Explanation of hour by Wordnet Dictionary
- 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 twenty-fourth part of a day; sixty minutes.
2. The time of the day, as expressed in hours and minutes, and indicated by a timepiece; as, what is the hour? At what hour shall we meet?
3. Fixed or appointed time; conjuncture; a particular time or occasion; as, “the hour of greatest peril; the man for the hour.”
Woman, . . . mine hour is not yet come. John ii. 4.
This is your hour, and the power of darkness. Luke xxii. 53.
4. pl. ( R. C. Ch. ) Certain prayers to be repeated at stated times of the day, as matins and vespers.
5. A measure of distance traveled.
Vilvoorden, three hours from Brussels. J. P. Peters.
After hours, after the time appointed for one's regular labor. -- Canonical hours. See under Canonical. -- Hour angle ( Astron. ), the angle between the hour circle passing through a given body, and the meridian of a place. -- Hour circle. ( Astron. ) Any circle of the sphere passing through the two poles of the equator; esp., one of the circles drawn on an artificial globe through the poles, and dividing the equator into spaces of 15°, or one hour, each. A circle upon an equatorial telescope lying parallel to the plane of the earth's equator, and graduated in hours and subdivisions of hours of right ascension. A small brass circle attached to the north pole of an artificial globe, and divided into twenty-four parts or hours. It is used to mark differences of time in working problems on the globe. -- Hour hand, the hand or index which shows the hour on a timepiece. -- Hour line. ( Astron. ) A line indicating the hour. ( Dialing ) A line on which the shadow falls at a given hour; the intersection of an hour circle which the face of the dial. -- Hour plate, the plate of a timepiece on which the hours are marked; the dial. Locke. -- Sidereal hour, the twenty-fourth part of a sidereal day. -- Solar hour, the twenty-fourth part of a solar day. -- The small hours, the early hours of the morning, as one o'clock, two o'clock, etc. -- To keep good hours, to be regular in going to bed early.
Definition of hour by GCIDE Dictionary