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

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 That question will hover over a most unusual search process. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox formulating plan for an atypical managerial search," 15 Jan. 2020 Temperatures will hover in the low 50s through the first half of next week, according to the NWS forecast, with some sunshine peeking through cloud cover. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Central Indiana could get 2 to 5 inches of rain this weekend. But what if it were snow?," 9 Jan. 2020 Snow levels will hover near the passes Friday morning, then drop below by afternoon. oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday weather: Morning showers, afternoon steady rain; high 44," 8 Jan. 2020 Mortgage rates will hover around 3.8 percent and not fall lower than 3.5 percent, even if the economy weakens. Washington Post, "Experts predict what the 2020 housing market will bring," 6 Jan. 2020 The James Webb Space Telescope, will hover at the Lagrange point, nearly 1 million miles from Earth, poised to explore the more distant cosmos than ever before. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Deep Space Decade: How a New Era of Exploration Came of Age in the 2010s," 31 Dec. 2019 Temperatures Sunday night were expected to stay in the mid-20s in West Anchorage, but will hover in the low 20s in East Anchorage, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Patrick Doll. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Up to 8 inches of snow expected to fall in Anchorage," 2 Dec. 2019 The federal funds rate, which affects the cost of mortgages, credit cards and other borrowing, will now hover between 1.5% and 1.75%. Donna Borak, CNN, "Fed cuts rates for the third time as US economy slows," 30 Oct. 2019 In Walnut Creek, temperatures will hover in the low 90s on Saturday and low 80s on Sunday. Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, "Triple digit temps ahead as heat advisory issued for Bay Area," 13 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hover.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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

22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hover.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hover. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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More Definitions for hover

hover

verb
How to pronounce hover (audio) How to pronounce hover (audio)

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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