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hover

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verb hov·er \ˈhə-vər, ˈhä-\

Simple Definition of hover

  • : to float in the air without moving in any direction

  • : to stay very close to a person or place

  • : to stay near a specified point or level

Full Definition of hover

hov·eredhov·er·ing play \-v(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to hang fluttering in the air or on the wing b :  to remain suspended over a place or object

  3. 2 a :  to move to and fro near a place :  fluctuate around a given point <unemployment hovered around 10 percent> b :  to be in a state of uncertainty, irresolution, or suspense

hover noun
hov·er·er play \-vər-ər\ noun

Examples of hover

  1. Watch as the hummingbird hovers over the flowers.

  2. Bees hovered around the hive.

  3. Waiters hovered near our table.

  4. nervous mothers hovering over their children

  5. Unemployment rates were hovering around 10 percent.

  6. Temperatures will continue to hover around freezing.

  7. The patient was hovering between life and death.

  8. The country hovers on the brink of famine.



Origin of hover

Middle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven to hover


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with hover



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