hover

verb
hov·​er | \ ˈhə-vər How to pronounce hover (audio) , ˈhä- How to pronounce hover (audio) \
hovered; hovering\ ˈhə-​v(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce hover (audio) , ˈhä-​ \

Definition of hover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to position (a computer cursor) over something (such as an image or icon) without selecting it Many in the class hovered their cursors over words and icons for long periods before committing to clicking their mouse.— Kelly Heyboer

intransitive verb

1a : to hang fluttering in the air or on the wing A hawk hovered overhead.
b : to remain suspended over a place or object a hummingbird hovering over the flowers Helicopters hovered above us.
2a : 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 hovering uncomfortably behind a cigar …— Tennessee Williams The country hovers on the brink of famine.

hover

noun
plural hovers

Definition of hover (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or state of hovering in the air Ospreys were most successful hunting from a hover and spent more of their hunting time doing it that way.— John P. Wiley Jr. After a careful check outside to ensure that his flight path was clear, one of the pilots lifted his helicopter to a hover, then maneuvered to the middle of the valley.— Breck Henderson

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Other Words from hover

Verb

hoverer \ ˈhə-​vər-​ər How to pronounce hover (audio) , ˈhä-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hover

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of hover in a Sentence

Verb Watch as the hummingbird hovers over the flowers. Bees hovered around the hive. Waiters hovered near our table. nervous mothers hovering over their children Unemployment rates were hovering around 10 percent. Temperatures will continue to hover around freezing. The patient was hovering between life and death. The country hovers on the brink of famine.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And one that will no doubt hover over season four, especially since Jack is already going through a lot. The Editors, Marie Claire, 21 July 2021 The helicopters that hover above the statue’s head suggest the power of modern technology to make the sky that is her limit no limit at all. Adam Gopni, The New Yorker, 3 July 2021 High temperatures will be near 90 to low 90s, but will feel more like mid-90s thanks to steamy conditions as dew points hover around the 70-degree mark. Washington Post, 19 June 2021 Consumer needs now often hover around things like touchless, remote and digital transactions. Samantha Paxson, Forbes, 25 May 2021 That munition was a new missile launched from the ground that can hover near a potential target waiting for the go-ahead to strike, but the Army wouldn’t say much about the weapon. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2021 South Korea, for example, which has seen daily new cases hover around 100 a day, tightened social distancing rules for two weeks of back-to-back holidays starting in late September. Bloomberg.com, 5 Oct. 2020 Russia on Sunday reported over 25,000 new infections for the third day in a row, with the daily death toll continuing to hover at over 700. Washington Post, 12 July 2021 Temperatures were forecast to hover for days in the upper 90s. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2021

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First Known Use of hover

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1513, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hover

Verb

Middle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven to hover

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Time Traveler for hover

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The first known use of hover was in the 15th century

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27 Jul 2021

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“Hover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hover. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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hover

verb

English Language Learners 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

hover

verb
hov·​er | \ ˈhə-vər How to pronounce hover (audio) , ˈhä- \
hovered; hovering

Kids Definition of hover

1 : to fly or float in the air without moving far in any direction Bees hovered around the hive.
2 : to stay near a place And Lockhart was hovering around all of them, making suggestions.— J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets

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