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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Webb telescope is far more powerful than Hubble and has not only captured the sharp outlines of the planet’s rings, but resolved the fuzzy bands of dust that hover between them. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 21 Sep. 2022 The new controllers have handles with wide white circles that hover around your wrists. WIRED, 15 Sep. 2022 Plus, the weather in November is pleasant for those seeking moderate temperatures with highs that hover around 70-degrees and lows in the 50s-60s. Karla Pope, Good Housekeeping, 17 Aug. 2022 Talk of storms — rain of any kind, really — might seem out of place right now, during a weekend when temperatures are forecast to hover near 100 degrees and, in many areas, dry landscapes appear to crunch underfoot. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2022 High temperatures at Los Angeles County beaches are expected to hover between the mid-80s and 90 over the next several days. Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2022 At noon, one of PG&E’s first responders, called a troubleman, arrived at the ignition point in a helicopter to hover at the tall steel structure that no one had much noticed for decades. Katherine Blunt, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2022 The flagship token’s price had dropped from over $40,000 in April to hover in the low $20,000s during most of July. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 13 Aug. 2022 Household attack rates there tended to hover between 3% and 11%. Megan Molteni, STAT, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

25 Sep 2022

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“Hover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hover. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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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, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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