Definition of hour
1 : a time or office for daily liturgical devotion; especially : canonical hour
2 : the 24th part of a day : 60 minutes
3a : the time of day reckoned in two 12-hour periodsb hours plural : the time reckoned in one 24-hour period from midnight to midnight using a 4-digit number of which the first two digits indicate the hour and the last two digits indicate the minute in the military 4:30 p.m. is called 1630 hours
4a : a customary or particular time lunch hour in our hour of need; also : moment 1b hero of the hourb hours plural : time of going to bed keeps late hours; also : time of working banker's hours
5 : an angular unit of right ascension equal to 15 degrees measured along the celestial equator
6 : the work done or distance traveled at normal rate in an hour the city was two hours away
: after the regular quitting or closing time
Examples of hour in a Sentence
She wasn't supposed to eat for six hours before the operation.
You'll be paid by the hour for this job.
The job pays ten dollars an hour.
She exercises for a full hour every day.
She was half an hour late.
They arrived a few hours later.
The project required long hours of work.
The mood changed from hour to hour.
These animals are most active in the hour just before sunrise.
You can call me at any hour of the day or night.
Recent Examples of hour from the Web
The ride will take about two hours to complete at a relaxed riding pace.
His wife, Mayela, works from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the pork plant, earning $18 an hour, before handling the register at Valentina’s until the early evening.
Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, is open regular hours on Memorial Day.
Morena’s Delfina Gomez is a former elementary-school teacher and mayor of Texcoco, a couple of hours' drive east.
For the next three hours police from Coral Gables, South Miami and Miami-Dade flooded the streets around the Publix Supermarket on LeJeune Road and north to Andalusia Avenue.
There's no training required for the four- to six-hour World View Voyager trip.
This will not come as news to anyone who has spent, say, a single hour online.
For almost two hours, the audience looked on as epic and often metaphysical questions—of faith, language, taste, value, ownership, legacy—
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Origin and Etymology of hour
Middle English, from Anglo-French ure, eure, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin hora canonical hour, from Latin, hour of the day, from Greek hōra — more at year
First Known Use: 13th century
HOUR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hour for English Language Learners
: one of the 24 equal parts of a day : 60 minutes
: the time shown on a clock or watch
: a particular time during the day
HOUR Defined for Kids
Definition of hour for Students
1 : one of the 24 divisions of a day : 60 minutes
2 : the time of day The hour is now half past five.
3 : a fixed or particular time school hours He helped in our hour of need.
4 : the distance that can be traveled in an hour She lives three hours from here.
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