- 1A period of time equal to a twenty-fourth part of a day and night and divided into 60 minutes: an extra hour of daylight rates have ranged from $9 to $32 an hour [as modifier, usually with preceding numeral]: a two-hour operationMore example sentences
- The throw in time is 7.30 and if the sides are again deadlocked at the end of the hour thirty minutes extra time will be played.
- It may be minutes, hours days or even years that you are helping yet the gratitude will be there.
- Seconds turned to minutes, and minutes turned into hours with equal grace and ease.
- 1.1A less definite period of time: during the early hours of the morningMore example sentences
- He tripped this morning and he fell in the early morning hours while he was getting dressed.
- Embers began burning in the east, casting light upon the land in the early winter hours.
- Two days later a relative left in the very early hours of the morning, to avoid the heat, with the coffin in the back of a buckie.
- 1.2The distance traveled in one hour: Ocean City is less than an hour awayMore example sentences
- We travelled one hour up the Pearl River by high-speed jet boats to the port of Zhongshan.
- They'd traveled about an hour away from Kol when Beau materialized out of the tree.
- They traveled a few hours down the road and found the horses that Arnon was talking about.
- 2A point in time: I wondered if my last hour had comeMore example sentences
- The baby chooses the hour and minute of birth, the parents the year and month, and the place.
- The night went on without a hitch, but an hour had past, twelve midnight, the bewitching hour.
- Then, at the midnight hour of the request to extradite him, only THEN did they offer to hand him over to the Pakistan courts.
- 2.1A time of day specified as an exact number of hours from midnight or midday: the clock in the sitting room struck the hourMore example sentences
- Come to me later in the evening in the seventh hour after midday, and I will give the prescription to you.
- Ask yourself, why did India awake to light and freedom at the stroke of the midnight hour…
- I left Dublin after the midnight hour and rolled west along the road, all too well aware that part of my link with the old city had come to an end.
- 2.2 (hours) [with preceding numeral] A time so specified on the 24-hour clock: the first bomb fell at 0051 hoursMore example sentences
- Visa applications can be submitted from Monday to Friday from 08:00 hours to 12:00 hours and from 13:00 to 16:00 hours.
- The monthly charge covers scheduled servicing carried out between 08:00 to 18:00 hours Monday to Friday.
- 2.3The time as formerly reckoned from sunrise: it was about the ninth hourMore example sentences
- Birds arrived between the end of the third hour after sunset and sunrise.
- And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
- Unfortunately towards the end of the race during the ninth hour, we had to make a pit stop because we have a technical problem with the engine starter.
- 3A fixed period of time for an activity, such as work, use of a building, etc.: shortened working hours the dinner hourMore example sentences
- The restrictions on drinking establishments and licensing hours date from this period.
- He is more impressed with the proposal to do away with fixed pub hours, planned for both Scotland and England.
- Both the boys followed them, saying it was too dangerous to walk around the school building after school hours.
- 4 (usually hours) (In the Western Church) a short service of psalms and prayers to be said at a particular time of day, especially in religious communities.More example sentences
- The Liturgy of the Hours is centered on chanting or recitation of the Psalms, using fixed melodic formulas known as psalm tones.
- The Hours correspond to the Old Testament services beginning each of the four "watches" of the day.
- 5 Astronomy 15° of longitude or right ascension (one twenty-fourth part of a circle).More example sentences
- Any object on the same hour circle will have the same right ascension, just as any place on earth on the same meridian of longitude has the same longitude.
- If the right ascension of objects transiting the meridian is 12 hours, then an object rising at the same time due east has a right ascension of 18 hours and an object setting due west has a right ascension of 6 hours.
- Any time, especially outside the time considered usual for something: intruders had access at all hours teenagers expect to be allowed to stay out to all hoursMore example sentences
- So, naturally they may play football or volleyball outside your room at all hours of the day and night.
- She had a special key to the Sheen Gate, so she had access to White Lodge at all hours.
- I wrote and arranged music, and produced hit records at all hours of the night and weekends.
keep late hours
- Get up and go to bed late.More example sentences
- But to keep regular hours would be boring for me.
- If the actual worked hours in column H is less than the Regular Hours value in H2, we want to use the actual number of worked hours.
keep regular hours
- Do the same thing at the same time every day.More example sentences
- Dependent on the passing trade, Istanbul is open seven days a week and keeps late hours.
- Mind you, I've not yet seen him - he seems to keep late hours, but has apparently been preparing for a conference in Cyprus that he is now away upon.
- It appears that my unidentified contact keeps late hours.
on the hour
- At an exact hour, or on each hour, of the day or night: news bulletins on the hourMore example sentences
- I rang every hour, on the hour, until three in the morning, for several nights.
- Same goes if you're doing it every hour on the hour.
- It felt like a gradual poem coming across the TV screen in the same way a news story keeps adding one tiny little detail every hour on the hour.
within the hour
- After less than an hour.More example sentences
- Your order is processed within the hour when ordering during normal business hours.
- If the recovery time is not spontaneous within the hour, then recovery times can vary from weeks to several months, and permanent damage may have occurred.
- They would have been back on the streets within the hour.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French ure, via Latin from Greek hōra 'season, hour'.
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