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1. One of the 24 equal parts of a day.
a. One of the points on a timepiece marking off 12 or 24 successive intervals of 60 minutes, from midnight to noon and noon to midnight or from midnight to midnight.
b. The time of day indicated by a 12-hour clock.
c. hours The time of day determined on a 24-hour basis: 1730 hours is 5:30 pm.
3. A unit of measure of longitude or right ascension, equal to 15° or 1/24 of a great circle.
a. A customary or fixed time: the dinner hour.
b. hours A set or customary period of time for a specified activity: banking hours.
a. A particular time: their hour of need.
b. A significant time: Her hour had come.
c. The present time: the man of the hour.
a. The work that can be accomplished in an hour.
b. The distance that can be traveled in an hour.
a. A single session of a school day or class.
b. A credit hour.
8. hours Ecclesiastical The canonical hours.
long hours
A longer than usual or customary period of time for a given activity: worked long hours to finish the project on time.

[Middle English, from Old French houre, from Latin hōra, from Greek hōrā, season, time; see yēr- in Indo-European roots.]


pl n
1. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) a period regularly or customarily appointed for work, business, etc
2. one's times of rising and going to bed (esp in the phrases keep regular, irregular, or late hours)
3. an indefinite period of time
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms)
a. the seven times of the day laid down for the recitation of the prayers of the divine office
b. the prayers recited at these times
5. the small hours the hours just after midnight
6. till all hours until very late


pl n
(Classical Myth & Legend) another word for the Horae
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hours - a period of time assigned for workhours - a period of time assigned for work; "they work long hours"
work time - a time period when you are required to work
duty period, work shift, shift - the time period during which you are at work
2.hours - an indefinite period of time; "they talked for hours"
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
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Many hours of work were required, however, in spite of his unusual high endowment of intelligence.
Coming from Temperance to Wareham one day, Adam had a long walk and talk with Rebecca, whom he thought looking pale and thin, though she was holding bravely to her self-imposed hours of work.
What hours of work she must have put on it," said Anne.
The general average was six hours a day, which meant for Jurgis about six dollars a week; and this six hours of work would be done after standing on the killing bed till one o'clock, or perhaps even three or four o'clock, in the afternoon.
In twenty-four hours they did twenty-four hours of work, as even on earth is perhaps the case with the ants.
Finally I won, and was permitted to go to the school in the day for a few months, with the understanding that I was to rise early in the morning and work in the furnace till nine o'clock, and return immediately after school closed in the afternoon for at least two more hours of work.
Ruth, as has been stated, sat during her hours of work behind a ground-glass screen, unseen and unseeing.
For the rest, after his hours of work, a casual stroll or a casual spree on shore suffices to unfold for him the secret of a whole continent, and generally he finds the secret not worth knowing.
Further to your questions, it may be advised that in accordance with the provisions of the Labour Law, the maximum normal hours of work has been prescribed as eight hours a day or alternatively 48 hours a week.
iii) (a) The hours of work prescribed in sub-clauses (i) and (ii) of this clause shall, where possible, be arranged in such a manner that in each roster cycle of 28 calendar days each employee shall not work his/her ordinary hours of work on more than 19 days in the cycle.
A[cedilla] For work done during a special day that also falls on a worker s rest day, payment is an additional 50 percent of daily rate on the first eight hours of work.
As a first step, it is informative to look at the evolution of hours of work over time.