What does hour mean?

Definitions for hourər, ˈaʊ ər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hour.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hour, hr, 60 minutes(noun)

    a period of time equal to 1/24th of a day

    "the job will take more than an hour"

  2. hour, time of day(noun)

    clock time

    "the hour is getting late"

  3. hour(noun)

    a special and memorable period

    "it was their finest hour"

  4. hour, minute(noun)

    distance measured by the time taken to cover it

    "we live an hour from the airport"; "its just 10 minutes away"


  1. hour(Noun)

    A time period of sixty minutes; one twenty-fourth of a day.

    I spent an hour at lunch.

  2. hour(Noun)

    A season, moment, time or stound.

  3. hour(Noun)

    The time.

    The hour grows late and I must go home.

  4. hour(Noun)

    Used after a two-digit hour and a two-digit minute to indicate time.

  5. 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").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hour(noun)

    the twenty-fourth part of a day; sixty minutes

  2. Hour(noun)

    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. Hour(noun)

    fixed or appointed time; conjuncture; a particular time or occasion; as, the hour of greatest peril; the man for the hour

  4. Hour(noun)

    certain prayers to be repeated at stated times of the day, as matins and vespers

  5. Hour(noun)

    a measure of distance traveled

  6. Origin: [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. Hour

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hour

    owr, n. 60 min., or the 24th part of a day: the time indicated by a clock, &c.: an hour's journey, or three miles: a time or occasion; (pl., myth.) the goddesses of the seasons and the hours: set times of prayer, the canonical hours, the offices or services prescribed for these, or a book containing them.—ns. Hour′-cir′cle, a circle passing through the celestial poles and fixed relatively to the earth: the circle of an equatorial which shows the hour-angle of the point to which the telescope is directed; Hour′-glass, an instrument for measuring the hours by the running of sand from one glass vessel into another; Hour′-hand, the hand which shows the hour on a clock, &c.—adj. Hour′ly, happening or done every hour: frequent.—adv. every hour: frequently.—n. Hour′plate, the plate of a timepiece on which the hours are marked: the dial.—At the eleventh hour, at the last moment possible (Matt. xx. 6, 9); In a good, or evil, hour, acting under a fortunate, or an unfortunate, impulse—from the old belief in astrological influences; Keep good hours, to go to bed and to rise early: to lead a quiet and regular life; The hour is come, the destined day of fate has come (John, xiii. 1); The small hours, the early hours of the morning; Three hours service, a service held continuously on Good Friday, from noon to 3 P.M., in commemoration of the time of Christ's agony on the cross. [O. Fr. hore (Fr. heure)—L. hora—Gr. hōra.]

Editors Contribution

  1. hour

    A unit of time with a specific and known value used for a variety of purposes.

    An hour of time was created by a person to put a structure into our perception of time.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hour' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1025

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hour' in Written Corpus Frequency: #472

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hour' in Nouns Frequency: #81


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hour in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Todd Geiler:

    This is such a fluid situation, going hour to hour.

  2. Fares Hayek:

    I wait hour by hour. We feel every day that passes without leaving as though it's a year.

  3. Todd Geiler:

    At this time, they just want contact through the original channels, this is such a fluid situation, going hour to hour.

  4. Mamadou Hachim Koumare:

    This will allow us to have 100 km per hour passenger trains and freight trains of 80 km per hour. Today passenger trains are not even doing 20 km per hour.

  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.

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