past the hour

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of past the hour

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 past the hour.

Word by Word Definitions

past play
  1. : ago

  2. : just gone or elapsed

  3. : having existed or taken place in a period before the present : bygone

  1. : beyond the age for or of

  2. : after

  3. : at the farther side of : beyond

  1. : time gone by

  2. : something that happened or was done in the past

  3. : the past tense of a language

  1. : so as to reach and go beyond a point near at hand

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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