- 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
Related Words for hourspoint, flash, juncture, time, date, occasion, bit, minute, stage, freedom, moment, event, space, convenience, excuse, hope, generation, past, second, turn
Examples from the Web for hours
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 7, 2015
Together, the teams are working 24 hours a day for a product that promises much higher risk than it does profit.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
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
January 4, 2015
Historical Examples of hours
After a year of that, he'll be taken into the office and his hours will be cut down to eight.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Found it rather long hours watching, namely, about four hours each.Explorations in Australia
I think he spends hours in that boat, and what he does I can't conceive.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
But the evils regarding the hours of study and the nature of the studies were as bad.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
How many hours in the twenty-four do you devote to your needle?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- the seven times of the day laid down for the recitation of the prayers of the divine office
- the prayers recited at these times
- a time of success, fame, etc
- Also: one's last hourthe time of one's deathhis hour had come
Word Origin for hour
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.
see after hours; all hours; by the day (hour); eleventh hour; happy hour; keep late hours; on the hour; small hours.