Definition of hourly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaʊəli/


1Done or occurring every hour: there is an hourly bus service
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  • Today, there were hourly buses between Buxton and Stockport, New Mills and Piccadilly, Barrow and Piccadilly, Southport, Wigan and Piccadilly.
  • There's an hourly bus from the airport to central Antwerp; £5.50, one-way.
  • Others like to hire bicycles for £2.50 a day or catch the hourly buses into nearby Agde and Sete, where trains are available.
1.1(With numeral or fraction) occurring at intervals measured in hours: he received six hourly doses of morphine trains run at half-hourly intervals
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  • It is sourced from and is for three days at a time, with conditions given at three hourly intervals.
  • We'll be broadcasting every match played in the tournament through the Multiscreen service, with details of upcoming games posted from 3.00 pm each day and running at two hourly intervals.
  • Morphological changes in Vero cells were recorded at two hourly intervals twice and after overnight incubation at 37° C in a CO2 incubator.
2Reckoned by the hour: hourly rates
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  • It was agreed that this was calculated by reference to the hourly rate and the hours worked.
  • The starting hourly wage was less than $8 an hour, the suit said.
  • It was the best hourly wage in town at $5.25 an hour and the entertainment was phenomenal.


1Every hour: sunscreens should be applied hourly a train runs hourly from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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  • Research on-line indicated that weekdays trains ran hourly southbound starting at 4: 20AM from Mangonia Park.
  • I live above the railroad tracks and delay conversations twice hourly while trains roar by.
  • He also claims to diffuse any rising panic with what seems a painful rigmarole - setting an alarm to go off hourly three hours before he is due to rise, to try to confront his nerves head - on before they grow to menacing size.
1.1(With numeral or fraction) at intervals measured in hours: temperature should be recorded four-hourly
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  • Soil CO2 concentration (C) was measured half-hourly at four depths for 6 months in 2000 with infrared gas analyzers installed below ground.
  • Travel time is 55 minutes and they run approximately two-hourly during daytime.
  • The aim is to reduce the voiding frequency to 3-4 hourly.
2By the hour: hourly paid workers
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  • It caters for The European Working Time Directive and the issues this holds for Irish employers both in terms of hourly paid and salaried employees.
  • Households fared better than individual, hourly paid workers during the 1980-1996 period.
  • The energy group is trying to force a massive pay cut on 120 North Sea oil workers by paying them hourly instead of monthly.
3Very frequently or continually: her curiosity was mounting hourly
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  • Never before I have I been such an irresponsible adult, clogging my arteries hourly with enough carbohydrate voltage to power the western United States.
  • They come from the city centre, through the hourly more-expensive Sandringham, up to the Mt Albert Rd lights and down into the immediately different Mt Roskill.
  • The Florida totals are absolutely liquid, with the ebbs and flows of majorities, small as they are, changing hourly.

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