- time spent in an office, factory, or the like, or for work, study, etc.: The doctor's hours were from 10 to 4. What an employee does after hours is his or her own business.
- customary time of going to bed and getting up: to keep late hours.
- (in the Christian church) the seven stated times of the day for prayer and devotion.
- the offices or services prescribed for these times.
- a book containing them.
- Also one's last hour. the instant of death: The sick man knew that his hour had come.
- any crucial moment.
Origin of hour
Examples from the Web for hours
Is it sort of evidence of the Gladwellian 10,000 hours theory?Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Together, the teams are working 24 hours a day for a product that promises much higher risk than it does profit.
He flew with Captain Irianto, 53, who had 20,000 hours experience, more than 6,000 hours on the A320.
The copilot on Flight 8501 was Remi Emmanuel Piesel, 46, who despite his age had just 2,275 hours of flying experience.
In the wee hours of Christmas morning, a flight deal was shared in an exclusive Facebook group for urban travelers.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
So I still beg for the minutes: your walks take up hours enough.Piano and Song|Friedrich Wieck
Very tired they looked, having been for hours in the string.Letters of a Diplomat's Wife|Mary King Waddington
And for several days Nehushta came at that hour, and at other hours in the day, but found him not.Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster|F. Marion Crawford
The buffaloes generally keep to the pools and muddy places, where they lie wallowing or basking in the warm mud for hours.The Jungle Book|Rudyard Kipling
"I lost three good hours' sleep this morning on the chance of catching you here at table," the editor went on.The Wreckers|Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for hours (1 of 3)
- the seven times of the day laid down for the recitation of the prayers of the divine office
- the prayers recited at these times
British Dictionary definitions for hours (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for hours (3 of 3)
- a time of success, fame, etc
- Also: one's last hour the time of one's deathhis hour had come
Word Origin for hour
Word Origin and History for hours
mid-13c., from Old French hore "one-twelfth of a day" (sunrise to sunset), from Latin hora "hour, time, season," from Greek hora "any limited time," from PIE *yor-a-, from root *yer- "year, season" (see year). Greek hora was "a season; 'the season;'" in classical times, sometimes, "a part of the day," such as morning, evening, noon, night. The Greek astronomers apparently borrowed the notion of dividing the day into twelve parts (mentioned in Herodotus) from the Babylonians (night continued to be divided into four watches), but as the amount of daylight changed throughout the year, the hours were not fixed or of equal length. Equinoctal hours did not become established in Europe until the 4c., and as late as 16c. distinction sometimes was made between temporary (unequal) hours and sidereal (equal) ones. The h- has persisted in this word despite not being pronounced since Roman times. Replaced Old English tid, literally "time," and stund "period of time." As a measure of distance ("the distance that can be covered in an hour") it is recorded from 1785.
Science definitions for hours
Idioms and Phrases with hours
see after hours; all hours; by the day (hour); eleventh hour; happy hour; keep late hours; on the hour; small hours.