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Meaning of HOUR

Pronunciation:  awr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  distance measured by the time taken to cover it; "we live an hour from the airport"; "its just 10 minutes away"
  2. [n]  a period of time equal to 1/24th of a day; "the job will take more than an hour"
  3. [n]  clock time; "the hour is getting late"
  4. [n]  a special and memorable period; "it was their finest hour"

HOUR is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: 60 minutes, hr, minute, time of day
 See Also: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, aurora, bedtime, break of day, break of the day, canonical hour, clock time, closing time, cockcrow, dawn, dawning, day, daybreak, dayspring, distance, dusk, early-morning hour, evenfall, fall, first light, gloaming, half-hour, happy hour, high noon, late-night hour, man hour, mealtime, mean solar day, midday, midnight, min, minute, morning, nightfall, none, noon, noonday, noontide, period, period of time, person hour, quarter, quarter-hour, rush hour, sidereal hour, small hours, solar day, sundown, sunrise, sunset, sunup, time, time period, time unit, twelve noon, twenty-four hours, twilight, unit of time, zero hour



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hour\, n. [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}.]
1. The twenty-fourth part of a day; sixty minutes.

2. 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?

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

         Woman, . . . mine hour is not yet come. --John ii.

         This is your hour, and the power of darkness. --Luke
                                               xxii. 53.

4. pl. (R. C. Ch.) Certain prayers to be repeated at stated
   times of the day, as matins and vespers.

5. A measure of distance traveled.

         Vilvoorden, three hours from Brussels. --J. P.

{After hours}, after the time appointed for one's regular

{Canonical hours}. See under {Canonical}.

{Hour angle} (Astron.), the angle between the hour circle
   passing through a given body, and the meridian of a place.

{Hour circle}. (Astron.)
   (a) Any circle of the sphere passing through the two poles
       of the equator; esp., one of the circles drawn on an
       artificial globe through the poles, and dividing the
       equator into spaces of 15[deg], or one hour, each.
   (b) A circle upon an equatorial telescope lying parallel
       to the plane of the earth's equator, and graduated in
       hours and subdivisions of hours of right ascension.
   (c) A small brass circle attached to the north pole of an
       artificial globe, and divided into twenty-four parts
       or hours. It is used to mark differences of time in
       working problems on the globe.

{Hour hand}, the hand or index which shows the hour on a

{Hour line}.
   (a) (Astron.) A line indicating the hour.
   (b) (Dialing) A line on which the shadow falls at a given
       hour; the intersection of an hour circle which the
       face of the dial.

{Hour plate}, the plate of a timepiece on which the hours are
   marked; the dial. --Locke.

{Sidereal hour}, the twenty-fourth part of a sidereal day.

{Solar hour}, the twenty-fourth part of a solar day.

{The small hours}, the early hours of the morning, as one
   o'clock, two o'clock, etc.

{To keep good hours}, to be regular in going to bed early.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming about the hour, refers to a passage of time. The dream may serve to remind you of an appointment, deadline, or anniversary. Consider the significance of a particular number or any superstitions that may be associated with a particular hour. For example, 12pm represents some confrontation or turning point. Dreaming about happy hour, represents sensual enjoyment, stimulation, and relaxation. You are filled with inspirational power and enlightenment. Alternatively, it indicates avoidance in dealing with your problems and in facing your anxieties.
Easton Bible Dictionary

First found in Dan. 3:6; 4:19, 33;5:5. It is the rendering of the Chaldee shaah, meaning a "moment," a "look." It is used in the New Testament frequently to denote some determinate season (Matt. 8:13; Luke 12:39).

With the ancient Hebrews the divisions of the day were "morning, evening, and noon-day" (Ps. 55:17, etc.). The Greeks, following the Babylonians, divided the day into twelve hours. The Jews, during the Captivity, learned also from the Babylonians this method of dividing time. When Judea became subject to the Romans, the Jews adopted the Roman mode of reckoning time. The night was divided into four watches (Luke 12:38; Matt. 14:25; 13:25). Frequent allusion is also made to hours (Matt. 25:13; 26:40, etc.). (See DAY.)

An hour was the twelfth part of the day, reckoning from sunrise to sunset, and consequently it perpetually varied in length.

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