What does hour mean?

Definitions for hour
ər, ˈaʊ ərhour

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hour, hr, 60 minutesnoun

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

    "the job will take more than an hour"

  2. hour, time of daynoun

    clock time

    "the hour is getting late"

  3. hournoun

    a special and memorable period

    "it was their finest hour"

  4. hour, minutenoun

    distance measured by the time taken to cover it

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

Wiktionary

  1. hournoun

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

    I spent an hour at lunch.

    Etymology: 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").

  2. hournoun

    A season, moment, time or stound.

    Etymology: 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").

  3. hournoun

    The time.

    The hour grows late and I must go home.

    Etymology: 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").

  4. hournoun

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

    Etymology: 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").

Wikipedia

  1. Hour

    An hour (symbol: h; also abbreviated hr) is a unit of time conventionally reckoned as 1⁄24 of a day and scientifically reckoned as 3,599–3,601 seconds, depending on conditions. There are 60 minutes in an hour, and 24 hours in a day. The hour was initially established in the ancient Near East as a variable measure of 1⁄12 of the night or daytime. Such seasonal, temporal, or unequal hours varied by season and latitude. Equal or equinoctial hours were taken as 1⁄24 of the day as measured from noon to noon; the minor seasonal variations of this unit were eventually smoothed by making it 1⁄24 of the mean solar day. Since this unit was not constant due to long term variations in the Earth's rotation, the hour was finally separated from the Earth's rotation and defined in terms of the atomic or physical second. In the modern metric system, hours are an accepted unit of time defined as 3,600 atomic seconds. However, on rare occasions an hour may incorporate a positive or negative leap second, making it last 3,599 or 3,601 seconds, in order to keep it within 0.9 seconds of UT1, which is based on measurements of the mean solar day.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hournoun

    the twenty-fourth part of a day; sixty minutes

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Hournoun

    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?

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Hournoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Hournoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Hournoun

    a measure of distance traveled

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.

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

    Submitted by MaryC on April 24, 2016  

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  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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of hour in a Sentence

  1. Kenyans Joel Kositany:

    I can understand if you have been aiming for a sub-three-hour marathon time and because of the mistake you have ended up being just outside three hours on the clock, that you are going to be annoyed.

  2. Jennifer Lawrence:

    He flew in, pitched me, left, the whole thing was probably an hour and a half, and then I was like, ‘He’s hot.'.

  3. Nicole Sinder:

    What happened was work started seeping into my life time, it was a lot of working late and being stressed out. Just by looking at the desk I would think :' I have so many things to do tomorrow morning. I am already home. I might as well do them now...' Work really just became a full 24-hour thing.

  4. National Republican Senatorial:

    Hickenlooperhas spent the last week refusing to testify, ignoring subpoenas, and being found in contempt because he didnt want to answer for his serious disregard for Colorados ethics laws, he is guilty of shrugging off the states ethics rules and violating the trust taxpayers had placed in him as Governor. Now he has to defend taxpayers footing the bill for his $ 525-an-hour lawyer out of a post-9 / 11 economic recovery fund.

  5. Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima:

    It was about an hour before it happened, I was already in the stadium, i wasn't expecting it. I know that when they did polls there were a lot of appeals for Vanderlei to light the cauldron. I gave interviews to Brazilian and foreign media, they had raised the idea abroad, but I never thought it was a possibility. I never thought I could be that person.

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