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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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  • The thought of Constance hovered about him--but his will banished it.

    Lady Connie Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • She hovered about Mary with a friendly solicitude that could not be denied.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • She waited on the others, but mostly she hovered about the boy.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • She hovered before them, one by one, and in another instant was gone.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • So did the mock-suns which hovered in the sky, chained by the radiant circle which held the dying sun prisoned.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
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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