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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hour  \Hour\,  n.  [OE.  hour,  our  hore,  ure,  OF  hore,  ore,  ure, 
  F.  heure,  L.  hora,  fr  Gr  ?,  orig.,  a  definite  space  of 
  time,  fixed  by  natural  laws;  hence  a  season,  the  time  of  the 
  day  an  hour.  See  {Year},  and  cf  {Horologe},  {Horoscope}.] 
  1.  The  twenty-fourth  part  of  a  day  sixty  minutes. 
 
  2.  The  time  of  the  day  as  expressed  in  hours  and  minutes, 
  and  indicated  by  a  timepiece;  as  what  is  the  hour?  At 
  what  hour  shall  we  meet? 
 
  3.  Fixed  or  appointed  time;  conjuncture;  a  particular  time  or 
  occasion;  as  the  hour  of  greatest  peril;  the  man  for  the 
  hour. 
 
  Woman,  .  .  .  mine  hour  is  not  yet  come  --John  ii 
  4. 
 
  This  is  your  hour,  and  the  power  of  darkness.  --Luke 
  xxii.  53. 
 
  4.  pl  (R.  C.  Ch.)  Certain  prayers  to  be  repeated  at  stated 
  times  of  the  day  as  matins  and  vespers. 
 
  5.  A  measure  of  distance  traveled. 
 
  Vilvoorden  three  hours  from  Brussels.  --J.  P. 
  Peters. 
 
  {After  hours},  after  the  time  appointed  for  one's  regular 
  labor. 
 
  {Canonical  hours}.  See  under  {Canonical}. 
 
  {Hour  angle}  (Astron.),  the  angle  between  the  hour  circle 
  passing  through  a  given  body,  and  the  meridian  of  a  place 
 
 
  {Hour  circle}.  (Astron.) 
  a  Any  circle  of  the  sphere  passing  through  the  two  poles 
  of  the  equator;  esp.,  one  of  the  circles  drawn  on  an 
  artificial  globe  through  the  poles,  and  dividing  the 
  equator  into  spaces  of  15[deg],  or  one  hour,  each 
  b  A  circle  upon  an  equatorial  telescope  lying  parallel 
  to  the  plane  of  the  earth's  equator,  and  graduated  in 
  hours  and  subdivisions  of  hours  of  right  ascension. 
  c  A  small  brass  circle  attached  to  the  north  pole  of  an 
  artificial  globe,  and  divided  into  twenty-four  parts 
  or  hours.  It  is  used  to  mark  differences  of  time  in 
  working  problems  on  the  globe. 
 
  {Hour  hand},  the  hand  or  index  which  shows  the  hour  on  a 
  timepiece. 
 
  {Hour  line}. 
  a  (Astron.)  A  line  indicating  the  hour. 
  b  (Dialing)  A  line  on  which  the  shadow  falls  at  a  given 
  hour;  the  intersection  of  an  hour  circle  which  the 
  face  of  the  dial. 
 
  {Hour  plate},  the  plate  of  a  timepiece  on  which  the  hours  are 
  marked;  the  dial.  --Locke. 
 
  {Sidereal  hour},  the  twenty-fourth  part  of  a  sidereal  day 
 
  {Solar  hour},  the  twenty-fourth  part  of  a  solar  day 
 
  {The  small  hours},  the  early  hours  of  the  morning,  as  one 
  o'clock,  two  o'clock,  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hour 
  n  1:  a  period  of  time  equal  to  1/24th  of  a  day  "the  job  will 
  take  more  than  an  hour"  [syn:  {hr},  {60  minutes}] 
  2:  clock  time;  "the  hour  is  getting  late"  [syn:  {time  of  day}] 
  3:  a  special  and  memorable  period;  "it  was  their  finest  hour" 
  4:  distance  measured  by  the  time  taken  to  cover  it  "we  live  an 
  hour  from  the  airport";  "its  just  10  minutes  away"  [syn:  {minute}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Hour 
  First  found  in  Dan.  3:6;  4:19,  33;5:5.  It  is  the  rendering  of 
  the  Chaldee  shaah,  meaning  a  "moment,"  a  "look."  It  is  used  in 
  the  New  Testament  frequently  to  denote  some  determinate  season 
  (Matt.  8:13;  Luke  12:39). 
 
  With  the  ancient  Hebrews  the  divisions  of  the  day  were 
  "morning,  evening,  and  noon-day"  (Ps.  55:17,  etc.).  The  Greeks, 
  following  the  Babylonians,  divided  the  day  into  twelve  hours. 
  The  Jews,  during  the  Captivity,  learned  also  from  the 
  Babylonians  this  method  of  dividing  time.  When  Judea  became 
  subject  to  the  Romans,  the  Jews  adopted  the  Roman  mode  of 
  reckoning  time.  The  night  was  divided  into  four  watches  (Luke 
  12:38;  Matt.  14:25;  13:25).  Frequent  allusion  is  also  made  to 
  hours  (Matt.  25:13;  26:40,  etc.).  (See  {DAY}.) 
 
  An  hour  was  the  twelfth  part  of  the  day  reckoning  from 
  sunrise  to  sunset,  and  consequently  it  perpetually  varied  in 
  length. 
 




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