- to hang fluttering or suspended in the air: The helicopter hovered over the building.
- to keep lingering about; wait near at hand.
- to remain in an uncertain or irresolute state; waver: to hover between life and death.
- Computers. to place a pointer over an area of a screen without clicking or tapping, as with a mouse or stylus: Hover over the icon to reveal more information.
- to cause to hover.
- Computers. to place (a pointer) over an area of a screen without clicking or tapping.
- the act or state of hovering.
Origin of hover
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Examples from the Web for hovered
Two consecutive declines have taken it from 38 percent in 2010—where it has hovered for decades—to 31 percent today.What’s Driving America’s Evolution Divide?
Karl W. Giberson
June 22, 2014
“He hovered over my daughter and in every aspect of her life, he tried to insert himself,” Lynne Spears testified about Lutfi.Britney Spears Civil Trial Ends in Win for Singer and Her Family
Maria Elena Fernandez
November 2, 2012
Her husband, Marcus, hovered closely behind her onstage—in her camera shot, so to speak.Iowa’s Candidates Would Be Egged at Fashion Week
January 5, 2012
We hovered a dozen feet behind them, straining to overhear without being too obvious about it.Encounters With Thomas Pynchon
October 5, 2011
And since 1998, eighth graders have hovered around the same levels.Let Preschoolers Play!
Joyce C. Tang
April 5, 2011
Mrs. Higbee hovered near him with an air of proud ownership.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It hovered about Eurylochus, and almost brushed his face with its wings.Tanglewood Tales
They hovered about until sunset, when they left us; pulling ashore.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
I knew now that he had hovered at Cleopatra's door hoping for a cry of pleasure.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
I hovered near, anxious that the service should be without flaw.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- (intr) to remain suspended in one place
- (intr) (of certain birds, esp hawks) to remain in one place in the air by rapidly beating the wings
- (intr) to linger uncertainly in a nervous or solicitous way
- (intr) to be in a state of indecisionshe was hovering between the two suitors
- (tr) computing to hold (the mouse pointer) over a defined area on a web page without clicking, in order to cause a menu, information box, etc to appear
- the act of hovering
Word Origin and History for hovered
c.1400, hoveren, frequentative of hoven "hover, tarry, linger;" see hove (1). Related: Hovered; hovering. As a noun from 1510s.