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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HOUR

For more than an hour, there was perfect stillness, as the shades of evening deepened.

I was with him when he died, but knew not the hour he departed, for he sunk to rest like an infant.

He was busy almost half an hour, while Uncle Peter smoked in silence.

There was a long, airy gallery, in which he was allowed to take exercise any hour of the day.

Very well; bring me what you have at that hour, and we'll strike a trade.

An hour's silence with these two people by themselves might have worked wonders.

For an hour he watched her, feeling the arm on which she lay growing numb.

He kept no records of birthdays and wedding-anniversaries or the hour of death.

It was still an hour to the time of meeting, and the Ave-bell was ringing.

The captain had told him to be back in an hour, and he felt that it was time for him to be stirring.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., from Old French hore "one-twelfth of a day" (sunrise to sunset), from Latin hora "hour, time, season," from Greek hora "any limited time," from PIE *yor-a-, from root *yer- "year, season" (see year). Greek hora was "a season; 'the season;'" in classical times, sometimes, "a part of the day," such as morning, evening, noon, night. The Greek astronomers apparently borrowed the notion of dividing the day into twelve parts (mentioned in Herodotus) from the Babylonians (night continued to be divided into four watches), but as the amount of daylight changed throughout the year, the hours were not fixed or of equal length. Equinoctal hours did not become established in Europe until the 4c., and as late as 16c. distinction sometimes was made between temporary (unequal) hours and sidereal (equal) ones. The h- has persisted in this word despite not being pronounced since Roman times. Replaced Old English tid, literally "time," and stund "period of time." As a measure of distance ("the distance that can be covered in an hour") it is recorded from 1785.

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