hove to

adverb (or adjective)

Definition of hove to

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of hove to

from past participle of heave to

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holding stubbornly to a belief or view

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