KANJI: GO uma (noon)

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Character Etymology:

From a pictograph of a pestle; it was borrowed to express the central zodiac sign/horary sign, i.e. the middle part of the day, partly because the pestle was associated with striking the center of a mortar.

A Listing of All On-Yomi and Kun-Yomi Readings:

on-yomi: GO
kun-yomi: uma

English Definitions:

  1. GO, uma: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; seventh sign of the zodiac.
  2. uma: horse; south.

Character Index Numbers:

New Nelson: 604
Henshall: 110

Unicode Encoded Version:

Unicode Encoded Compound Examples:

(gozen): a.m., morning.
(gogo): p.m., afternoon.
午睡 (gosui): nap, a siesta.
(shougo): noon.


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Noon (?), a.

No. See the Note under No.



© Webster 1913.

Noon (?), n. [AS. nn, orig., the ninth hour, fr. L.nona (sc. hora) the ninth hour, then applied to the church services (called nones) at that hour, the time of which was afterwards changed to noon. See Nine, and cf. Nones, Nunchion.]


The middle of the day; midday; the time when the sun is in the meridian; twelve o'clock in the daytime.


Hence, the highest point; culmination.

In the very noon of that brilliant life which was destined to be so soon, and so fatally, overshadowed. Motley.

High noon, the exact meridian; midday. -- Noon of night, midnight. [Poetic] Dryden.


© Webster 1913.

Noon (?), a.

Belonging to midday; occurring at midday; meridional.



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Noon, v. i.

To take rest and refreshment at noon.


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