- the time set for the beginning of a military attack or operation.
- the time set for the beginning of any event or action.
- a decisive or critical time.
Origin of zero hour
First recorded in 1915–20
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- military the time set for the start of an attack or the initial stage of an operation
- informal a critical time, esp at the commencement of an action
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