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  • Small Wady, Five Hours Beyond Ed-doueÎg, on The Road to the Red Sea
    Small Wady, Five Hours Beyond Ed-doueÎg, on The Road to the Red Sea
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hour distance measured by the time taken to cover it "we live an hour from the airport","its just 10 minutes away"
    • n hour a period of time equal to 1/24th of a day "the job will take more than an hour"
    • n hour clock time "the hour is getting late"
    • n hour a special and memorable period "it was their finest hour"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Golden Hours Golden Hours
We've lost two hours' precious time We've lost two hours' precious time
"Before the hour the hall was packed." "Before the hour the hall was packed."
I see a baker's been fined ten pounds for selling bread less than twelve hours old I see a baker's been fined ten pounds for selling bread less than twelve hours old

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In their lifetime, house cats spend approximately 10,950 hours purring
    • Hour A measure of distance traveled. "Vilvoorden, three hours from Brussels."
    • Hour (R. C. Ch) Certain prayers to be repeated at stated times of the day, as matins and vespers.
    • Hour 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.""This is your hour, and the power of darkness."
    • Hour 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?
    • Hour The twenty-fourth part of a day; sixty minutes.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: One average, men spend 60 hours a year shaving
    • n hour A particular time; a fixed or appointed time; a set season: as, the hour of death.
    • n hour The time marked or indicated by a timepiece; the particular time of day: as, what is the hour? at what hour shall we meet?
    • n hour The twenty-fourth part of a civil day, or the twelfth part of a natural day or night. This division of time was invented by the Babylonians. Until modern times the hour was commonly considered as the twelfth part of the interval from sunrise to sunset or from sunset to sunrise. Until some time in the eighteenth century mean time was not used for ordinary purposes. Thus the Italians began the day half an hour after sunset, and reckoned 24 hours in each day. Until watches came into common use, in the seventeenth century, the time of day was determined ordinarily by the altitude of the sun, as in the following extract from Palladius, where the length of the shadow of a staff 4 feet long placed vertically determines the hours of the day reckoned from sunrise. Abbreviated h.
    • n hour plural Set times of prayer; the canonical hours (which see, under canonical).
    • n hour The offices or services prescribed for the canonical hours, or a book containing them. See book of hours, below.
    • n hour In Greek myth, one of the Horæ or Hours, the goddesses of the seasons and guardians of the gates of heaven. They were held especially to personify the agreeable characteristics of the seasons, were closely associated with the Graces, and were attached to the train of Aphrodite. In art and poetry they were represented as young and graceful, decked with flowers and jewels.
    • n hour The hour reckoned from sunrise as the beginning of the day.
    • n hour In astronomy and geography, an angular measure of right ascension or longitude, being the twenty-fourth part of a great circle of the sphere, or fifteen degrees.
    • n hour One hour in a shop. In many technical schools students are required to spend a certain number of hours in workshops. These are called shop-hours, to distinguish them from the hours spent in the recitation-room.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People sneeze at about 90 miles per hour.
    • n Hour owr 60 min., or the 24th part of a day: the time indicated by a clock, &c.: an hour's journey, or three miles: a time or occasion; (pl., myth.) the goddesses of the seasons and the hours: set times of prayer, the canonical hours, the offices or services prescribed for these, or a book containing them
    • adv Hour every hour: frequently
    • ***


  • Thomas Jefferson
    “It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour.”
  • Cardinal J. Gibbons
    Cardinal J. Gibbons
    “There are no office hours for leaders.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “An hour spent in the library is worth a month in the laboratory.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is death.”
  • Stephen B. Leacock
    “Life, we learn too late, is in the living, the tissue of every day and hour.”
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
    “If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble.”


Eleventh hour - If something happens at the eleventh hour, it happens right at the last minute.
Hour of need - A time when someone really needs something, almost a last chance, is their hour of need.
Open all hours - If a shop or suchlike is open all hours, it only closes, if at all, terribly late.
Wee hours - Wee hours are the first hours after midnight.
Zero hour - The time when something important is to begin is zero hour.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

By dint of sending a messenger to Dr Levitt's a quarter of an hour before the time, his presence was secured a quarter of an hour after it.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Three hours passed, slow hours indeed to those waiting at the harbour's mouth.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
At the end of one hour add potatoes and cook an hour longer.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
The fire was out, the chill of the early midnight hours had crept into the room.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Hour after hour passed by, and there we sat.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
Hour after hour went by, and we grew more and more hungry, wrathful and impatient.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
You liked to spend hours upon hours with him at the time of the election.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
But several hours passed over and he did not come.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
I continued to listen, expecting to hear a cessation of the noises; but hour after hour passed, and still the clinking and clanking kept on.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
She's on the spot, watching her from hour to hour.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Thus hour after hour wore on, and the night was growing apace.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
If I were you I should work for an hour or two a day with a German master.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Put on in boiling water and cook from an hour and a half to three hours.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
So, hour after hour, he swung forward, pushing his horse over the ground in a sort of running walk, common to the plains.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
The water was rising when the men left at six o'clock at the rate of five feet an hour.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Observe the cultures at half-hourly intervals from the third to the twelfth hours.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
As much as half an hour passed away in this manner.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
It takes about two hours to cook tender pigeons, and three hours tough ones.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
Hour after hour he worked, until the grate was littered with the ashes of destroyed documents.
"The Bartlett Mystery" by Louis Tracy
The author of "Barriers Burned Away" worked three or four hours before and two or three hours after lunch.
"Methods of Authors" by Hugo Erichsen

In poetry:

Roses for an hour of love,
With the joy and pain thereof:
Stand my lilies white to see
All for prayer and purity.
"Shamrock Song" by Katharine Tynan
'Twas in the watches of the night
I thought upon thy power,
I kept thy lovely face in sight
Amidst the darkest hour.
"Psalm 63 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Then come, ye sober hours,
Life's happiest moments bring,
Our path is strewn with flowers,
So merrily, merrily sing.
"Away With Melancholy" by John Pierpont
If at some hour I still may find you --
Lying beside me on a marriage bed --
May that hour be the soaring of my pride!
"Unbending Reed " by Isobel Stone
- We read them lesson of a power
They slight who do us wrong.
That bitter hour this bitter hour
Provokes; by turns the strong!
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Blest is that tranquil hour of morn,
And blest that hour of solemn eve,
When, on the wings of prayer upborne,
The world I leave.
"My God, is any hour so sweet" by Charlotte Elliott

In news:

This would entail early hours for the bakery delivery, and daytime hours for the catering driving to make up extra hours.
644 miles, about a 10- hour drive or less than a two-hour flight.
Online prices for everything from food processors to flat-screen TVs can fluctuate by hundreds of dollars, from site to site, day to day, or even hour to hour.
Rush-hour traffic on the West Shore Bypass was tied up for more than an hour following a four-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon.
Candles stay lit for one hour in each time zone around the world, creating a virtual 24-hour wave of light.
Detailed hour-by-hour forecasts for individual cities.
Published 2 days and 22 hours ago Last updated 2 days and 20 hours ago.
The retail window hours at the Atalissa Post Office will be cut from eight hours a day to four, according to Wendy Berg, manager of post office operations.
Marinate lamb racks in marinade for 4 hours minimum (24 hours preferred).
Published 8 hours and 29 minutes ago Last updated 5 hours and 35 minutes ago.
1 hour, plus at least 3 hours' marinating.
Segment 2 classes last for 6 hours, 2 hours a day for 3 days a week.
The final curtain isn't likely to fall on this presidential election until the wee hours of Wednesday morning, but President Barack Obama's moment to exit the stage came more than 24 hours earlier.
His time is already tight, but with delays in service, his 1.5 hour commute has doubled to nearly three hours.
Salary levels are sometimes mentioned as being one of the causes for this, but there is absolutely no point in comparing hourly wages without relating them to the productivity of the working hour.

In science:

The experiments were restricted to no more than a few hundred modules to keep simulation times reasonable (i.e., at most several hours).
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
The total trigger rate ranged between about 20 and 50 events per hour, depending on intermittent noise sources in the trigger system.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
These triggers represent about 50 hours of data.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
The oxygen content in the gas was continuously monitored, being kept below 10 ppm using a flow of about 2 liters/hour.
Prototype tests for the ALICE TRD
Right ascension in units of hours, minutes, and seconds.
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
No errors were observed in the system with the beam off and running for 10 hours.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV
Data was collected in runs of up to two hours.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
EGRET might measure 30 photons per hour from such a source.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
To our surprise, the sample could be supercooled to 258 K where it remained liquid for several hours.
Structural Relaxation and Mode Coupling in a Simple Liquid: Depolarized Light Scattering in Benzene
Thank you to John and Sylvia Raisbeck for occasionally pulling me away from the long hours at the office, and reminding me what it is like to socialize.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Few months later, Rol et al. (2000) were then able to carry out the first successful set of multiple polarization measurements reporting a polarization level around 2% for more than 20 hours, with a constant position angle and a marginal variation in intensity.
Polarization of Gamma--Ray Burst Optical and Near-Infrared Afterglows
Any possible model has at least to be able to predict such a high probability to observe low or null polarization in the emission of GRB OAs observed starting from a few hours after the burst event.
Polarization of Gamma--Ray Burst Optical and Near-Infrared Afterglows
We calibrate the leakage by observing a point source over a wide range of hour angle.
Magnetic Field Morphology of Orion-IRc2 from 86 GHz SiO Maser Polarization Images
The 3.3 hour long photometric light curve is shown in the lower panel of Figure 2.
On the Purity of the ZZ Ceti Instability Strip: Discovery of More Pulsating DA White Dwarfs on the Basis of Optical Spectroscopy
Timegrain ranges over m (minute), h (hour), d (day) and y (year).
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents