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[huhv-er, hov-] /ˈhʌv ər, ˈhɒv-/
verb (used without object)
to hang fluttering or suspended in the air:
The helicopter hovered over the building.
to keep lingering about; wait near at hand.
to remain in an uncertain or irresolute state; waver:
to hover between life and death.
the act or state of hovering.
Origin of hover
1350-1400; Middle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven to hover < ?
Related forms
hoverer, noun
hoveringly, adverb
1. See fly1 . 3. falter, pause, fluctuate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hover
  • There is still an occasional clear sharp morning when you hover with.
  • hover over the dots on the map below to highlight the destinations of that program's graduates.
  • After rising through the air it stops to hover outside the window of a building several storeys high.
  • Their wings work independently, so they can hover and change direction instantaneously.
  • To avoid damaging the prototype, the team began by tethering the hover test vehicle with a bungee cord.
  • For extra effect, hover over their desks while they are groping for an answer.
  • Because satellites must orbit, they cannot easily hover above one country.
  • Will hover above a field on rapidly beating wings, or soar in place in strong winds above a hillside.
  • The jet stream tends to hover close to the temperature contrast.
  • Most adjuncts still hover somewhere around the poverty line.
British Dictionary definitions for hover


(intransitive) to remain suspended in one place
(intransitive) (of certain birds, esp hawks) to remain in one place in the air by rapidly beating the wings
(intransitive) to linger uncertainly in a nervous or solicitous way
(intransitive) to be in a state of indecision: she was hovering between the two suitors
(transitive) (computing) to hold (the mouse pointer) over a defined area on a web page without clicking, in order to cause a menu, information box, etc to appear
the act of hovering
Derived Forms
hoverer, noun
hoveringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: hoveren, variant of hoven, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for hover

c.1400, hoveren, frequentative of hoven "hover, tarry, linger;" see hove (1). Related: Hovered; hovering. As a noun from 1510s.

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