Alternative forms

  • hower, houre, howre (obsolete)


From Middle English hourehouroure, from Anglo-Norman houre, from Old French houre, (h)ore, from Latin hōra (“hour”), from Ancient Greek ὥρα (hṓra, “any time or period, whether of the year, month, or day”), from Proto-Indo-European *yeh₁- (“year, season”). Akin to Old English ġēar (“year”). Doublet of hora.

Displaced native Middle English stunde, stound (“hour, moment, stound”) (from Old English stund (“hour, time, moment”)), Middle English ȝetid, tid (“hour, time”) from Old English *ġetīd, compare Old Saxon getīd (“hour, time”).


(plural hours)

  1. A time period of sixty minutes; one twenty-fourth of a day. spent an hour at lunch.
  2. A season, moment, or time.
  3. (poetic) The time. The hour grows late and I must go home.
  4. (military, in the plural) Used after a two-digit hour and a two-digit minute to indicate time.
  5. (Christianity, in the plural) The set times of prayer, the canonical hours, the offices or services prescribed for these, or a book containing them.
  6. (chiefly US) A distance that can be traveled in one hour. This place is an hour away from where I live.


  • (period of sixty minutes, a season or moment): stound (obsolete)

Derived terms

  • ampere-hour
  • blue hour
  • canonical hour
  • half an hour
  • half-hour
  • happy hour
  • on the hour
  • person-hour
  • planetary hour


  • rohu

Middle English

Etymology 1


  1. Alternative form of houre

Etymology 2


  1. Alternative form of oure

Etymology 3


  1. Alternative form of your




  1. plural of hour


  • Horus, Roush, rohus

blow the whistle



When used idiomatically, probably an allusion to a police officer blowing his or her whistle on observing a violation of the law.


blow the whistle (third-person singular simple present blows the whistlepresent participle blowing the whistlesimple past blew the whistlepast participle blown the whistle)

  1. (idiomatic, usually with “on”) To disclose information to the public or to appropriate authorities concerning the illegal or socially harmful actions of a person or group, especially a corporation or government agency. In some jurisdictions, it is illegal to fire a person for blowing the whistle on an employer.
  2. (team sports) To make a piercing sound which signals a referee’s action or the end of a game.


  • (disclose information): tattle, tell on; See also Thesaurus: rat out

Related terms

  • whistle-blower




poid (plural poids)

  1. The curve traced by the center of a sphere when it rolls or slides over a surface having a sinusoidal profile.


  • IEEE 100-2000, The Authoritative Dictionary of IEEE Standards Terms, Seventh Edition, IEEE, 2000


  • Diop, iPod




  1. third-person singular imperfect subjunctive of smorzare

Parametric equation

A parametric equation in mathematics specifies a set of numbers as functions of one or more independent variables known as parameters. Parametric equations are widely used to express the coordinates of the points that make up a geometric object, such as a curve or surface, in which case the equations are referred to as the object’s parametric representation or parameterization (alternatively written as parametrisation).


Cheese is a dairy product made from milk that comes in a variety of tastes, textures, and shapes thanks to the coagulation of the milk protein casein.

It is made up of proteins and lipids derived from milk, often that of cows, buffalo, goats, or sheep.

During the manufacturing process, the milk is frequently acidified and enzymes such as rennet or bacterial enzymes with comparable activity are added to cause the casein to coagulate.

After that, the solid curds are separated from the liquid whey and pressed into finished cheese.

Aromatic molds can be found on the rind, the outer layer, or throughout the cheese.

Most cheeses melt when heated to cooking temperature.

Public administration

Public administration is the implementation of government policy and also an academic discipline that studies this implementation and prepares civil employees for working in the public service.

As a “field of inquiry with a diverse scope” whose fundamental goal is to “advance management and policies so that government can function.”

Some of the various definitions which have been offered for the term are: “the management of public programs”; the “translation of politics into the reality that citizens see every day”; and “the study of government decision making, the analysis of the policies themselves, the various inputs that have produced them, and the inputs necessary to produce alternative policies.”

The word public administration is the combination of two words—public and administration.

In every sphere of social, economic and political life there is administration which means that for the proper functioning of the organization or institution it must be properly ruled or managed and from this concept emerges the idea of administration.