Definition of hover
hoveringplay \ˈhə-v(ə-)riŋ, ˈhä-\
: 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>
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.>
hovererplay \ˈhə-vər-ər, ˈhä-\ noun
Examples of hover in a sentence
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.
Origin and Etymology of hover
Middle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven to hover
First Known Use: 15th century
HOVER Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of hover for Students
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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