hour

noun
\ ˈau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce hour (audio) \

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 periods
b 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 sense 1b hero of the hour
b 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
7a : a class session
after hours
: 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

In 2014, surgeons spent a combined 49 hours working to separate the conjoined twins, who shared a chest wall, lungs, pericardial sac, diaphragm, liver, intestines, colon and pelvis, according to the Texas Children's Hospital. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Formerly conjoined twins now 5 years-old, start attending Pre-K," 22 Aug. 2019 In the end, the jury took a little over two hours before acquitting Cleaves on all counts, prompting him to leap into the arms of Frank Manley and sob loudly in court. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "How a Flint court battle became Mateen Cleaves' most divisive victory," 21 Aug. 2019 For thicker ricotta, store in the fridge at least two hours. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We challenged local chefs to create 6-ingredient tomato recipes. Here's what they came up with.," 20 Aug. 2019 However, the majority of incoming college students spent less than 10 hours per week studying in high school and need to learn to put in a more sustained effort. Ryan Korstange, The Conversation, "5 tips for college students to avoid burnout," 19 Aug. 2019 The team was practicing at 6:30 a.m. before school and then following school and study hall causing players to spend more than 12 hours on campus. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Florida High School Football Coach Quits Following Player Protest Over His Tactics," 19 Aug. 2019 Healy recommends Kool Skinz vests, which are designed to keep dogs cool for up to two hours of activity. Mindy Sink, The Know, "How to keep your dog safe when hiking on hot days," 17 Aug. 2019 Remarkably, the researchers found that less than two hours offered no significant benefits. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "The Nature Cure," 16 Aug. 2019 Researchers have found that people who spend at least two hours outdoors in green spaces every week have better mental and physical health than those who don’t. Brad Stulberg, Outside Online, "We've Reached Peak Wellness. Most of It Is Nonsense.," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of hour

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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hour

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hour

: 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

noun
\ ˈau̇r How to pronounce hour (audio) \

Kids Definition of hour

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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