Definitions for houraʊər, ˈaʊ ər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
houraʊər, ˈaʊ ər(n.)
a period of time equal to 1/24 of a mean solar or civil day and equivalent to 60 minutes.
any specific one of these 24 periods, usu. reckoned in two series of 12, one series from midnight to noon and the second from noon to midnight, but sometimes reckoned (esp. in military and non-U.S. usage) in one series of 24, from midnight to midnight: He slept for the hour between 2 and 3 a .m . The hour for the bombardment was between 1330 (1:30 p.m. ) and 1400 (2:00 p.m. ).
any specific time of day; the time indicated by a timepiece:
What is the hour?
a short or limited period of time:
one's hour of glory.
a particular or appointed time:
At what hour do you open?
a customary or usual time:
the present time:
the issues of the hour.
hours, time spent at a workplace or in working, studying, etc. customary time of going to bed and getting up: (in the Christian church) the seven stated times of the day for prayer and devotion. the offices or services prescribed for these times. a book containing them.
to keep late hours.
the distance normally covered in an hour's traveling:
We live about an hour from the city.
a unit of measure of right ascension representing 15°, or the 24th part of a great circle.
a single period, as of instruction or therapy, usu. lasting from 40 to 55 minutes.
Ref: credit hour.
Origin of hour:
1175–1225; < OF (h)ore < L hōra < Gk hṓrā time, season
hour, hr, 60 minutes(noun)
a period of time equal to 1/24th of a day
"the job will take more than an hour"
hour, time of day(noun)
"the hour is getting late"
a special and memorable period
"it was their finest hour"
distance measured by the time taken to cover it
"we live an hour from the airport"; "its just 10 minutes away"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
hour(noun)ʊər, ˈaʊ ər
a period of sixty minutes
I'm busy for the next hour.; The doctor's visit took an hour.; She left an hour ago.
hourʊər, ˈaʊ ər
for each hour
The job pays $20 an hour.
hourʊər, ˈaʊ ər
the period when people work or sth is open
the store's opening hours; visiting hours at the hospital; young doctors working long hours
hourʊər, ˈaʊ ər
***a very long time
We waited for hours.
A time period of sixty minutes; one twenty-fourth of a day.
I spent an hour at lunch.
A season, moment, time or stound.
The hour grows late and I must go home.
Used after a two-digit hour and a two-digit minute to indicate time.
Origin: houre, from houre, from houre, from hora, from ὥρα, from yer-. Akin to . Displaced native stound (from stund), itid (from *ġetīd, compare getīd "hour, time").
the twenty-fourth part of a day; sixty minutes
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?
fixed or appointed time; conjuncture; a particular time or occasion; as, the hour of greatest peril; the man for the hour
certain prayers to be repeated at stated times of the day, as matins and vespers
a measure of distance traveled
The hour is a unit of measurement of time. In modern usage, an hour comprises 60 minutes, or 3,600 seconds. It is approximately 1/24 of a mean solar day. An hour in the Universal Coordinated Time time standard can include a negative or positive leap second, and may therefore have a duration of 3,599 or 3,601 seconds for adjustment purposes. Although it is not a standard defined by the International System of Units, the hour is a unit accepted for use with SI, represented by the symbol h.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Word rank popularity for 'hour' among Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1025
Written Corpus Frequency
Word rank popularity for 'hour' among Written Corpus Frequency: #472
Word rank popularity for 'hour' among Nouns Frequency: #81
Translations for hour
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
sixty minutes, the twenty-fourth part of a day
He spent an hour trying to start the car this morning; She'll be home in half an hour; a five-hour delay.
- horaPortuguese (BR)
- die StundeGerman
- time; -timersDanish
- sat, uraCroatian
- 한 시간Korean
- یوه ګړیPashto
- 小時Chinese (Trad.)
- giờ; tiếng (đồng hồ)Vietnamese
- 小时Chinese (Simp.)
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