hour

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 points on a clock, watch, etc. marking the beginning or end of such a division [the ninth hour]
2. a point or period of time; specif.,
a) a fixed point or period of time for a particular activity, occasion, etc. [the dinner hour]
b) an indefinite period of time of a specified kind [his finest hour]
c) [pl.] a period fixed for work, receiving patients, etc. [office hours from 2 to 5]
d) [pl.] the usual times for getting up or going to bed [to keep late hours]
3. the time of day as indicated by a timepiece or as reckoned from midnight to midnight, expressed in hours and minutes [arrival at 14:30 hours]
4. a measure of the distance usually covered in an hour [two hours from New York to Philadelphia by rail]
5. Astron. a sidereal hour; angular unit equaling 15° measured along the celestial equator
6. Eccles. a canonical hour or the prayers then said: see BREVIARY
7. Educ. a class session of approximately one hour: each hour of a course per week is a unit of academic credit
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after hours
after the regular hours for business, school, etc.
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hour after hour
every hour or for many successive hours
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hour by hour
each hour
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of the hour
most prominent at this time
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one's hour
the time of one's death

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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