Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of an hour or hours.
  • adj. Occurring once an hour; hourly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to an hour or hours.
  • adj. Occurring every hour; hourly.
  • adj. Having a duration of one hour; having a relatively short duration; applied to fruits that go off quickly.
  • n. A book containing the divine offices for the various canonical hours.
  • n. A narrative or account that is kept hourly.
  • n. A plan or programme that gives the hours at which events are to take place; a timetable; a horarium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to an hour; noting the hours.
  • adj. Occurring once an hour; continuing an hour; hourly; ephemeral.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to an hour; noting the hours: as, the horary circle.
  • Continuing or lasting an hour; occurring once an hour; hourly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to the hours

Etymologies

Medieval Latin hōrārius, from Latin hōra, hour; see hour.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Very concrete, down-to-earth, and grounded in physical reality, astrology was used to answer questions (horary astrology) or to forewarn of droughts, wars, and other calamities that would jeopardize peoples security (mundane astrology).

    Astrology for Enlightenment

  • She then continued graduate studies in medieval horary astrology with Olivia Barclay and read extensively on her own while doing thousands of astrology readings in French and English.

    Astrology for Enlightenment

  • I went up on to the platform just as the second lieutenant was taking the measure of the horary angles, and waited, according to habit till the daily phrase was said.

    Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • The captain, who had already in the morning been able to calculate an horary angle, now prepared to take the meridian altitude, and succeeded at midday in making his observation most satisfactorily.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

  • The work was only interrupted for a moment while the elevation of the sun above the horizon allowed Robur to take an horary angle, so that at the time of its culmination he could calculate his position.

    Robur the Conqueror

  • Rivolta sent us packing with the promise of medals in the event of success and a thick packet of orders that also contained maps, a precise horary, and a photograph of Mussolini taken from low profile in order to emphasise the jut of his chin.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • The hour here is likewise deduced from the height of the sun converted into a horary angle by the instrument itself; but the method by which such conversion operates is a little different.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 810, July 11, 1891

  • The second instrument, which is of the same nature as the cubical sun dial -- that is to say, with horary angle -- is, unlike the latter, a true trinket, as interesting as a work of art as it is as an astronomical instrument.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 810, July 11, 1891

  • On the inner part of the cover are marked in the first place the horary lines, traversed by curves that are symmetrical with respect to the vertical and having the aspect of arcs of hyperbolas.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 810, July 11, 1891

  • These horary variations of the magnetic needle are as great at the bottom of deep mines far removed from solar influence, as on the surface.

    Outlines of a Mechanical Theory of Storms Containing the True Law of Lunar Influence

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