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 hovering (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 hoverer (audio) , ˈhä-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hover

Synonyms: Verb

drift, float, glide, hang, poise, ride, sail, swim, waft

Antonyms: Verb

settle, sink

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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

A day later, media and gawkers continued to show up on the street, and drone used by a photographer for a national news company hovered above the house, snapping images of Johnson’s yard. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "An East Bay resident who landscaped a Nazi symbol on his front yard: ‘I like swastikas’," 5 June 2019 Advertising Hundreds of Austrian police officers were deployed and police helicopters hovered above the prayer ceremony on the vast field surrounded by mountains. Dusan Stojanovic, The Seattle Times, "Croats gather in Austria for controversial commemoration," 18 May 2019 The possibility of a disastrous crash is likely with unauthorized drones hovering above a tarmac, with air traffic controllers and pilots unable to predict their movements or maybe even see the rogue aircraft. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Rogue Drone Sighting Shut Down All Fights at Dubai International," 15 Feb. 2019 Lounging poolside with an electric orange bob and tangerine lipstick, and hovering above one XXL paisley kaftan, Amy Van Doran looks like the 2019 equivalent of Edward Scissorhands’s backyard salon muses. Vogue, "New York’s Coolest Matchmaker Shares Her Go-To Beauty Equation for Valentine’s Dates," 14 Feb. 2019 Her soul soared until her spirit hovered just above her body, watching the slow realignment of her moods from bleak to upbeat. Beth Kephart, Philly.com, "Frances Metzman's 'Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Bay': The rules of dancing, life, and rocking thongs in a retirement village," 6 July 2018 Highly Leveraged Four years after exiting its international bailout, Portugal is still one of the most leveraged economies in the European Union, with private debt hovering above 170 percent of gross domestic product. Anabela Reis, Bloomberg.com, "Small Portuguese Firms Are Starting a New Trend," 25 June 2018 For the most accurate grilling, set an oven thermometer on the grill grates – grill temperatures hovering at 375 to 425 degrees yield very nice results for most quick-cooking foods. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 The index has hovered near its highest levels since November as investors have focused on signs of slowing growth in Europe. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "U.S. Dollar Strengthens After Powell Suggests Soft Inflation Is Transitory," 1 May 2019

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

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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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