1 period of sixty minutes
full, solid

I slept for eight solid hours.

contact, credit (AmE) (both education)

the number of contact hours per week


It takes two hours to get to Vancouver.


The performance lasted three hours.

gain, lose

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

go by, pass

An hour passed and she still hadn't arrived.

by the hour

They're paid by the hour.

for an hour

She worked for three hours.

in an hour, within an hour

I should be back within a couple of hours.

over an hour, under an hour

He's been gone for over an hour.

per hour

Top speed is 120 miles per hour.

within the hour

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

hour of

There are still two hours of daylight left.

half an hour
hour after hour
in an hour's time (esp. BrE)
with every passing hour

She grew more worried with every passing hour.

2 the hour time when a new hour starts
chime, strike

The clock struck the hour.

on the hour

Buses leave every hour on the hour.

past the hour

ten minutes past the hour

to the hour (esp. BrE)

ten minutes to the hour

3 time when you do a particular activity
peak, rush

rush-hour traffic

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

I spent my lunch hour shopping.

hour of

an hour of rest

4 hours time when sb is working/a business is open
office, opening, visiting, working

the hospital's visiting hours

licensing (BrE)

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


She works very long hours.


He keeps regular hours.

after hour

He spends a lot of time in his office after hours.

out of hour (esp. BrE)

Doctors often have to work out of hours.

5 time when sth happens
darkest, finest

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

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

I apologize for calling you at this ungodly hour.

Bakers have to work unsocial hours.

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

The party continued well into the early hours.


She spends every waking hour at the gym.


The hour had come for us to leave.

between the hours of

The office is closed between the hours of twelve and two.

hour of

the hours of darkness

your hour of need

She helped me in my hour of need.

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