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 for Canonical hours
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hour \Hour\, 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, Horoscope.]
     1. The twenty-fourth part of a day; sixty minutes.
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     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?
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     3. Fixed or appointed time; conjuncture; a particular time or
        occasion; as, the hour of greatest peril; the man for the
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              Woman, . . . mine hour is not yet come. --John ii.
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              This is your hour, and the power of darkness. --Luke
                                                    xxii. 53.
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     4. pl. (R. C. Ch.) Certain prayers to be repeated at stated
        times of the day, as matins and vespers.
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     5. A measure of distance traveled.
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              Vilvoorden, three hours from Brussels. --J. P.
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     After hours, after the time appointed for one's regular
     Canonical hours. See under Canonical.
     Hour angle (Astron.), the angle between the hour circle
        passing through a given body, and the meridian of a place.
     Hour circle. (Astron.)
        (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.
     Hour hand, the hand or index which shows the hour on a
     Hour line.
        (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.
     Hour plate, the plate of a timepiece on which the hours are
        marked; the dial. --Locke.
     Sidereal hour, the twenty-fourth part of a sidereal day.
     Solar hour, 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  canonic \ca*non"ic\ (k[.a]*n[o^]n"[i^]k), canonical
  \ca*non"ic*al\ (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."
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     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.
     Canonical books, 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.
     Canonical epistles, an appellation given to the epistles
        called also general or catholic. See Catholic epistles,
        under Canholic.
     Canonical form (Math.), the simples or most symmetrical
        form to which all functions of the same class can be
        reduced without lose of generality.
     Canonical hours, 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
     Canonical letters, 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.
     Canonical life, 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.
     Canonical obedience, 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.
     Canonical punishments, such as the church may inflict, as
        excommunication, degradation, penance, etc.
     Canonical sins (Anc. Church.), those for which capital
        punishment or public penance decreed by the canon was
        inflicted, as idolatry, murder, adultery, heresy.
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