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hover

[huhv-er, hov-] /ˈhʌv ər, ˈhɒv-/
verb (used without object)
1.
to hang fluttering or suspended in the air:
The helicopter hovered over the building.
2.
to keep lingering about; wait near at hand.
3.
to remain in an uncertain or irresolute state; waver:
to hover between life and death.
noun
4.
the act or state of hovering.
Origin of hover
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven to hover < ?
Related forms
hoverer, noun
hoveringly, adverb
Synonyms
1. See fly1 . 3. falter, pause, fluctuate.
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  • Bitter thoughts seem to hover around the pale forehead,—cruel doubt and insistent remorse.

  • Anthony would not come and hover silently at my bedside in the middle of the night.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • The timidities and pudencies have flown; they may hover, they are not present.

  • After seeming to hover for a time on the verge of a great truth, we have gained only a truism.

    Philebus Plato
  • The above items are marked in the text and each includes a hover over pop-up with a short transcriber's note.

    Danger in Deep Space Carey Rockwell
British Dictionary definitions for hover

hover

/ˈhɒvə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to remain suspended in one place
2.
(intransitive) (of certain birds, esp hawks) to remain in one place in the air by rapidly beating the wings
3.
(intransitive) to linger uncertainly in a nervous or solicitous way
4.
(intransitive) to be in a state of indecision: she was hovering between the two suitors
5.
(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
noun
6.
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
v.

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

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