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Meaning of hour by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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" ) .


    • ( 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 )


    hour ( plural: hours )

    1. A time period of sixty minutes; one twenty-fourth of a day .
      I spent an hour at lunch .
    2. A season, moment, time or stound.
    3. ( poetic ) The time .
      The hour grows late and I must go home .



    • Singular: h., hr
    • Plural: h., hrs

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Explanation of hour by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. distance measured by the time taken to cover it

    2. we live an hour from the airport
    3. a period of time equal to 1/24th of a day

    4. the job will take more than an hour
    5. clock time

    6. the hour is getting late
    7. a special and memorable period

    8. it was their finest hour

    Definition of hour by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.