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. Winston Churchill:

    This was their finest hour

  2. Christie Helminger:

    It's been an hour and 20 minutes.

  3. Felix Castillo:

    I change my mind every half hour.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    To fill the hour-that is happiness.

  5. Unknown:

    It is the darkest hour before dawn.

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