hour

hour [ aur ] noun ***
▸ 1 60 minutes of time
▸ 2 a long time
▸ 3 time in which you do something
▸ 4 particular time of day
▸ 5 point in history/life
▸ 6 exact time
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) count a period of time that consists of 60 minutes. 30 minutes is usually called half an hour, 15 minutes can be called a quarter of an hour, and 45 minutes can be called three-quarters of an hour:
every hour: She checked on the children every hour.
an hour ago: He left about an hour ago.
an hour of something: After an hour of arguing, he agreed.
an hour's sleep/exercise/practice etc.: Why don't you get an hour's sleep?
for an hour: I've been waiting for over an hour.
take an hour to do something: This dish takes about an hour to cook.
it takes an hour to do something: It takes nearly an hour to get there by bus.
in an hour/an hour's time: I can be there in an hour.
a ) used when you are talking about how much time you need to get somewhere:
an hour along/past something: Half an hour along the beach road are some little stores.
an hour away (from something): Annapolis is only an hour away from here.
b ) an/per hour at a rate based on an hour of a particular activity:
I earn $15 an hour.
The car was traveling at an estimated 85 miles per hour.
2. ) hours plural a long time:
I'm hungry and it's hours until dinner.
for hours (on end): I lay awake for hours thinking about John.
3. ) hours plural the time during which you do something such as work or study:
My job is very flexible I can fit my hours around my children.
long hours: She's putting in long hours at the library.
school/working hours: courses that take place outside school hours
4. ) count a particular time in the day or night:
You can call me at any hour of the day or night.
What are you doing out of bed at this hour (=so early or late)?
the hours of daylight/darkness: They usually hunt during the hours of darkness.
at all hours: You get cars coming down here at all hours.
5. ) singular a particular point in history or in someone's life or career:
someone's/something's finest hour: His finest hour came in 1982 when his film Gandhi won eight Oscars.
someone's/something's darkest hour (=worst time): We have lived through our country's darkest hour.
in someone's hour of need (=at a time when they really need help): No one had helped him in his hour of need.
6. ) the hour the time that is exactly one o'clock, two o'clock, three o'clock etc.:
after the hour: The bus stops here at six minutes after the hour.
on the hour: Trains for Edinburgh leave every hour on the hour.
a ) strike the hour if a clock strikes the hour, it shows that it is exactly one o'clock, two o'clock, etc. by making a sound once, twice, etc.
0900/1300 etc. hours SPOKEN FORMAL
used especially by the police and military people for telling the time by the twenty-four hour clock. For example, 13 hundred hours is one o'clock in the afternoon.
after hours
after the time when a place such as an office or bar usually closes
=> AFTER-HOURS
by the hour
1. ) based on an hour of work:
Are you paid for work completed, or by the hour?
2. ) by the hour/from hour to hour continuously or all the time:
The fire grew bigger by the hour.
hour after/upon hour
a very long time:
She spends hour after hour reading magazines.
keep regular/late etc. hours
to perform the same activities every day at regular/late, etc. times, especially going to bed and getting out of bed
of the hour
most important or popular at the present time:
the hero of the hour
the issues of the hour
within the hour
before very much time has passed, usually less than an hour

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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