hover

[ huhv-er, hov- ]
/ ˈhʌv ər, ˈhɒv- /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to cause to hover.
Computers. to place (a pointer) over an area of a screen without clicking or tapping.

noun

the act or state of hovering.

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Origin of hover

1350–1400; Middle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven to hover, of obscure origin

SYNONYMS FOR hover

1 See fly1.
3 falter, pause, fluctuate.

OTHER WORDS FROM hover

hov·er·er, nounhov·er·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for hover

hover
/ (ˈhɒvə) /

verb

(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

noun

the act of hovering

Derived forms of hover

hoverer, nounhoveringly, adverb

Word Origin for hover

C14: hoveren, variant of hoven, of obscure origin
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