Definition of hove to

: in a stationary position with head to wind : at a standstill ore freighters hove to in the fog— Richard Bissell lying hove to on the fishing bank

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History and Etymology for hove to

from past participle of heave to

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“Hove to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hove%20to. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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