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שָׁעָה (sha'áf (dual indefinite שעתיים \ שְׁעָתַיִם‎, plural indefinite שָׁעוֹת‎, singular construct שְׁעַת־‎, plural construct שְׁעוֹת־‎)

  1. An hour: a period of time, defined variously (depending on time period, and on religious versus secular purposes), but currently usually sixty minutes.
    • a. 217 CE, Mishnah, Avot 2:3:
      הֱווּ זְהִירִין בָּרָשׁוּת, שֶׁאֵין מְקָרְבִין לוֹ לְאָדָם אֶלָּא לְצֹרֶךְ עַצְמָן; נִרְאִין כְּאוֹהֲבִין בִּשְׁעַת הֲנָאָתָן, וְאֵין עוֹמְדִין לוֹ לָאָדָם בִּשְׁעַת דָּחֳקוֹ.‎‎
      hevú z'hirín barashút, she'ein m'kar'vín ló l'adám 'elá l'tsórekh 'atsmán; nir'ín k'ohavín bish'át hana'atán, v'ein 'om'dín ló la'adám bish'át dokhokó.
      Beware of government, for they befriend a man only for their own benefit; they act friendly when it benefits them, but they do not stand by a man in his time of need.
  2. The time.
    מה השעה?‎‎
    ma hasha'á?
    What time is it? (lit. what is the hour?)

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From Hebrew שָׁעָה‎.

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שעה (shof, plural שעהן(shoen)

  1. hour