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Definition: canonical hour
n : (Roman Catholic Church) one of seven specified times for
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Definition: Canonical hours
, n. [OE. hour, our, hore, ure, OF. hore, ore, ure,
F. heure, L. hora, fr. Gr. ?, orig., a definite space of
time, fixed by natural laws; hence, a season, the time of the
day, an hour. See Year
, and cf. Horologe
1. The twenty-fourth part of a day; sixty minutes.
2. The time of the day, as expressed in hours and minutes,
and indicated by a timepiece; as, what is the hour? At
what hour shall we meet?
3. Fixed or appointed time; conjuncture; a particular time or
occasion; as, the hour of greatest peril; the man for the
Woman, . . . mine hour is not yet come. --John ii.
This is your hour, and the power of darkness. --Luke
4. pl. (R. C. Ch.) Certain prayers to be repeated at stated
times of the day, as matins and vespers.
5. A measure of distance traveled.
Vilvoorden, three hours from Brussels. --J. P.
, after the time appointed for one's regular
. See under Canonical
(Astron.), the angle between the hour circle
passing through a given body, and the meridian of a place.
(a) Any circle of the sphere passing through the two poles
of the equator; esp., one of the circles drawn on an
artificial globe through the poles, and dividing the
equator into spaces of 15[deg], or one hour, each.
(b) A circle upon an equatorial telescope lying parallel
to the plane of the earth's equator, and graduated in
hours and subdivisions of hours of right ascension.
(c) A small brass circle attached to the north pole of an
artificial globe, and divided into twenty-four parts
or hours. It is used to mark differences of time in
working problems on the globe.
, the hand or index which shows the hour on a
(a) (Astron.) A line indicating the hour.
(b) (Dialing) A line on which the shadow falls at a given
hour; the intersection of an hour circle which the
face of the dial.
, the plate of a timepiece on which the hours are
marked; the dial. --Locke.
, the twenty-fourth part of a sidereal day.
, the twenty-fourth part of a solar day.
The small hours
, the early hours of the morning, as one
o'clock, two o'clock, etc.
To keep good hours
, to be regular in going to bed early.
(k[.a]*n[o^]n"[i^]*kal), a. [L. canonicus, LL.
canonicalis, fr. L. canon: cf. F. canonique. See canon
Of or pertaining to a canon; established by, or according to,
a canon or canons. “The oath of canonical obedience.”
2. Appearing in a Biblical canon; as, a canonical book of the
Christian New Testament.
3. Accepted as authoritative; recognized.
4. (Math.) In its standard form, usually also the simplest
form; -- of an equation or coordinate.
5. (Linguistics) Reduced to the simplest and most significant
form possible without loss of generality; as, a canonical
syllable pattern. Opposite of nonstandard
Syn: standard. [WordNet 1.5]
6. Pertaining to or resembling a musical canon.
, or Canonical Scriptures
, those books
which are declared by the canons of the church to be of
divine inspiration; -- called collectively the canon
The Roman Catholic Church holds as canonical several books
which Protestants reject as apocryphal.
, an appellation given to the epistles
called also general or catholic. See Catholic epistles
(Math.), the simples or most symmetrical
form to which all functions of the same class can be
reduced without lose of generality.
, certain stated times of the day, fixed by
ecclesiastical laws, and appropriated to the offices of
prayer and devotion; also, certain portions of the
Breviary, to be used at stated hours of the day. In
England, this name is also given to the hours from 8 a. m.
to 3 p. m. (formerly 8 a. m. to 12 m.) before and after
which marriage can not be legally performed in any parish
, letters of several kinds, formerly given
by a bishop to traveling clergymen or laymen, to show that
they were entitled to receive the communion, and to
distinguish them from heretics.
, the method or rule of living prescribed by
the ancient clergy who lived in community; a course of
living prescribed for the clergy, less rigid than the
monastic, and more restrained that the secular.
, submission to the canons of a church,
especially the submission of the inferior clergy to their
bishops, and of other religious orders to their superiors.
, such as the church may inflict, as
excommunication, degradation, penance, etc.
(Anc. Church.), those for which capital
punishment or public penance decreed by the canon was
inflicted, as idolatry, murder, adultery, heresy.