Meaning of HOUR in English

HOUR

noun

1 period of sixty minutes

ADJECTIVE

▪ full , solid

I slept for eight solid ~s.

▪ contact , credit ( AmE ) ( both education )

the number of contact ~s per week

VERB + HOUR

▪ take

It takes two ~s to get to Vancouver.

▪ spend

▪ waste

▪ last

The performance lasted three ~s.

▪ gain , lose

You lose five ~s when you fly from New York to London.

HOUR + VERB

▪ go by , pass

An ~ passed and she still hadn't arrived.

PREPOSITION

▪ by the ~

They're paid by the ~.

▪ for an ~

She worked for three ~s.

▪ in an ~ , within an ~

I should be back within a couple of ~s.

▪ over an ~ , under an ~

He's been gone for over an ~.

▪ per ~

Top speed is 120 miles per ~.

▪ within the ~

We hope to be there within the ~ (= in less than an hour) .

▪ ~ of

There are still two ~s of daylight left.

PHRASES

▪ half an ~

▪ ~ after ~

▪ in an hour's time ( esp. BrE )

▪ with every passing ~

She grew more worried with every passing ~.

2 the hour time when a new hour starts

VERB + THE HOUR

▪ chime , strike

The clock struck the ~.

PREPOSITION

▪ on the ~

Buses leave every ~ on the ~.

▪ past the ~

ten minutes past the ~

▪ to the ~ ( esp. BrE )

ten minutes to the ~

3 time when you do a particular activity

ADJECTIVE

▪ lunch

▪ peak , rush

rush-hour traffic

▪ happy (= time in the early evening when a bar sells alcoholic drinks at lower prices than usual)

VERB + HOUR

▪ spend

I spent my lunch ~ shopping.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ of

an ~ of rest

4 hours time when sb is working/a business is open

ADJECTIVE

▪ office , opening , visiting , working

the hospital's visiting ~s

▪ flexible

▪ long

▪ regular

▪ licensing ( BrE )

Britain's licensing ~s (= when pubs are allowed to open)

VERB + HOURS

▪ work

She works very long ~s.

▪ keep

He keeps regular ~s.

PREPOSITION

▪ after ~

He spends a lot of time in his office after ~s.

▪ out of ~ ( esp. BrE )

Doctors often have to work out of ~s.

5 time when sth happens

ADJECTIVE

▪ darkest , finest

The war years were often thought of as the country's finest ~.

▪ antisocial ( esp. BrE ), unearthly ( esp. BrE ), ungodly , unsocial ( esp. BrE )

I apologize for calling you at this ungodly ~.

Bakers have to work unsocial ~s.

▪ early , early-morning ( esp. AmE ), small , wee small ~s (= the hours after midnight)

The party continued well into the early ~s.

▪ late

▪ waking

She spends every waking ~ at the gym.

HOUR + VERB

▪ come

The ~ had come for us to leave.

PREPOSITION

▪ between the ~s of

The office is closed between the ~s of twelve and two.

▪ ~ of

the ~s of darkness

PHRASES

▪ your ~ of need

She helped me in my ~ of need.

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