hour


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hour

1. a period of time equal to 3600 seconds; 1/24th of a calendar day
2. Astronomy an angular measurement of right ascension equal to 15° or a 24th part of the celestial equator

hour

Symbol: h.
1. A unit of time equal to 60 minutes, i.e. 1/24 of a day.
2. A unit of angle equal to 15° of arc, i.e. 1/24 of a circle. See right ascension.

hour

[au̇r]
(mechanics)
A unit of time equal to 3600 seconds. Abbreviated h; hr.
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They had hit the trail sixteen hours on end that day, the dogs had come in too tired to fight among themselves or even snarl, and Kama had perceptibly limped the last several miles; yet Daylight was on trail next morning at six o'clock.
The injection was begun, and three hours after the thermometer marked 6@ below zero outside.
For four hours nothing happened, and not a word said, except that now and then she said, 'Keep it up, Boy, keep it up, sweetheart; we'll save him
At the end of another two hours the horses had gone twelve leagues without stopping; their legs began to tremble, and the foam they shed whitened the doublets of their masters.
In the evening the same thing had to be done again; and because Jurgis could not tell what hour of the night he would get off, he got a saloon-keeper to let Ona sit and wait for him in a corner.
The manner in which it was done so grossly uncivil, hurrying her away without any reference to her own convenience, or allowing her even the appearance of choice as to the time or mode of her travelling; of two days, the earliest fixed on, and of that almost the earliest hour, as if resolved to have her gone before he was stirring in the morning, that he might not be obliged even to see her.
As he pusheth the best-beloved before him--tender even in severity, the jealous one--, so do I push this blissful hour before me.
One hour more, and the point of equal attraction would be reached.
He accepts, and the pleasant talk and the beer flow for an hour or two, and by and by the professor, properly charged and comfortable, gives a cordial good night, while the students stand bowing and uncovered; and then he moves on his happy way homeward with all his vast cargo of learning afloat in his hold.
The distance between Suez and Aden is precisely thirteen hundred and ten miles, and the regulations of the company allow the steamers one hundred and thirty-eight hours in which to traverse it.
I was continually surrounded by the savages; I could not stir from one house to another without being attended by some of them; and even during the hours devoted to slumber, the slightest movement which I made seemed to attract the notice of those who shared the mats with me.
The past hour I had been wholly unobservant; the inner eye had had its turn; but that was over now, and I sat as upright as possible, seeking greedily for a sail.