hover

verb hov·er \ ˈhə-vər , ˈhä- \

Definition of hover

hovered; hovering play \ˈhə-v(ə-)riŋ, ˈhä-\
transitive verb
:to position (a computer cursor) over something (such as an image or icon) without selecting it
  • You start typing in a search term, then hover your cursor over the item you want to delete and press the delete key.
  • —Jay Lee
intransitive verb
1 a :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.
2 a :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

hoverer

play \ˈhə-vər-ər, ˈhä-\ noun

Examples of hover in a Sentence

  1. Watch as the hummingbird hovers over the flowers.

  2. Bees hovered around the hive.

  3. Waiters hovered near our table.

  4. nervous mothers hovering over their children

  5. Unemployment rates were hovering around 10 percent.

  6. Temperatures will continue to hover around freezing.

  7. The patient was hovering between life and death.

  8. The country hovers on the brink of famine.

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Origin and Etymology of hover

Middle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven to hover

hover Synonyms

Synonyms
drift, glide, hang, float, poise, ride, sail, swim, waft
Antonyms
settle, sink
Related Words
bob, dangle, suspend; buoy; balloon, raft
Near Antonyms
dive, lunge, plunge; dip, immerse, submerge, submerse

HOVER Defined for English Language Learners

hover

verb

Definition of hover for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

hover

verb hov·er \ ˈhə-vər , ˈhä- \

Definition of hover for Students

hovered; hovering
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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