What does o'clock mean?

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  1. (modifying a numeral, one to twelve) In conjunction with a numeral, indicates the time within a twelve-hour period (midnight to noon or noon to midnight), specifically the time when the hour hand of a clock points precisely to the symbol or marking corresponding to the designated numeral.
  2. (humorous) In conjunction with a term representing an action or event that occurs daily, indicates the time that said action or event occurs, or first occurs.
  3. (with a numeral, one to twelve) In conjunction with a numeral, indicates the direction, relative to the speaker or a vehicle, especially an aircraft, corresponding to the direction the hour hand is pointing at the time corresponding to the numeral, with twelve representing directly ahead and three being to the right.
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We turned up just before eight o'clock and left at about half past one in the morning.
It's no better on the roads, jammed by 7.30 am, with huge seas of traffic for most of the day, sometimes until 9 o'clock at night.
For the remainder of the calendar year after 6 o'clock postmeridian October 20.
The ever popular weekly bingo game with spin the wheel continues on Saturday night at 9 o'clock in the Community Centre.
He stretched his arms above his head and glanced at the clock on his bedside, it was eight o'clock.
By seven o'clock, Karen's bags were packed, loaded into the cab and she hugged Janine.

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