after the hour

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of after the hour

chiefly US
used with a certain number of minutes to indicate how long after the beginning of an hour something will happen
  • Trains leave every hour at ten minutes after the hour.

Word by Word Definitions

after play
  1. : following in time or place : afterward, behind, later

  1. : behind in place

  2. : subsequent to in time or order

  3. : subsequent to and in view of

  1. : subsequently to the time when

  1. : later in time

  2. : located toward the rear and especially toward the stern of a ship or tail of an aircraft

  1. used with a present participle to indicate action completed and especially just completed

  1. : afternoon

  1. used as the first part of a compound to indicate an event or entity that follows or results from the thing denoted by the second part of the compound

  2. used as the first part of a compound to indicate an event or entity of the same nature as the thing denoted by the second part of the compound but which follows that event or entity and is less intense or significant

  3. the rear or lower part

hour play
  1. : a time or office for daily liturgical devotion

  2. : the 24th part of a day : 60 minutes

  3. : the time of day reckoned in two 12-hour periods


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