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hover

[huhv-er, hov-] /ˈhʌv ər, ˈhɒv-/
verb (used without object)
1.
to hang fluttering or suspended in the air:
The helicopter hovered over the building.
2.
to keep lingering about; wait near at hand.
3.
to remain in an uncertain or irresolute state; waver:
to hover between life and death.
4.
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.
verb (used with object)
5.
to cause to hover.
6.
Computers. to place (a pointer) over an area of a screen without clicking or tapping.
noun
7.
the act or state of hovering.
Origin of hover
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven to hover, of obscure origin
Related forms
hoverer, noun
hoveringly, adverb
Synonyms
1. See fly1 . 3. falter, pause, fluctuate.
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  • 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 Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for hovered

hover

/ˈhɒvə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to remain suspended in one place
2.
(intransitive) (of certain birds, esp hawks) to remain in one place in the air by rapidly beating the wings
3.
(intransitive) to linger uncertainly in a nervous or solicitous way
4.
(intransitive) to be in a state of indecision: she was hovering between the two suitors
5.
(transitive) (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
noun
6.
the act of hovering
Derived Forms
hoverer, noun
hoveringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: hoveren, variant of hoven, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for hovered

hover

v.

c.1400, hoveren, frequentative of hoven "hover, tarry, linger;" see hove (1). Related: Hovered; hovering. As a noun from 1510s.

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