hover

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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-

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

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.
hoverer noun

hover

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noun

plural hovers
: 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

Example Sentences

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 city, with a population of close to 4 million people, has been under a strict lockdown since August, yet despite the measures its daily Covid infections continue to hover around 100. Heather Chen, CNN, 26 Nov. 2022 Investors are breathing a sigh of relief that oil prices continue to hover in a range around $100 (even if lockdowns in Shanghai are the big culprit). Alan Murray, Fortune, 8 Apr. 2022 Alaska’s hospitals remain stretched thin as daily COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations continue to hover at persistently high levels, state health officials said Thursday. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Oct. 2021 Temperatures are expected to hover right around the freezing mark during the overnight hours tonight in these locations. Anchorage Daily News, 21 Nov. 2022 Humidity levels are expected to hover in the 12% to 20% range starting early Saturday, with levels as low as 8% to 15% in the Los Angeles and Ventura county valleys. Summer Linstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2022 High temperatures throughout the rest of the week are expected to hover in the high 40's in Flag. Kye Graves, The Arizona Republic, 17 Nov. 2022 Temperatures in the city are expected to hover in the 30s for the rest of the day. Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez, The Courier-Journal, 12 Nov. 2022 Prior to the release, rates were expected to hover at or above 5% from April to October of next year, touching as high as 5.07%. Eric Wallerstein, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven to hover

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1513, in the meaning defined above

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

Cite this Entry

“Hover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hover. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

hover

verb

hov·​er ˈhəv-ər How to pronounce hover (audio) ˈhäv- How to pronounce hover (audio)
hovered; hovering -(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce hover (audio)
1
a
: to hang fluttering in the air or on the wing
a bird hovered overhead
b
: to remain floating over a place or object
2
a
: to move to and fro near a place
waiters hovered about
b
: to be in an undecided or uncertain state
hovering between life and death
hover noun
hoverer noun

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