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.
- hov·er·er, noun
- hov·er·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use hover in a sentence
When Brecht penned these lines, his continent hovered on the precipice of a journey into hell.
Blown-out walls of homes left destroyed living rooms exposed to the street, and the smell of explosives hovered in the air.Fleeing Israeli Troops, Gaza Muslims Find Refuge in a Christian Church | Jesse Rosenfeld | July 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Before the Concordia came to town, the local population hovered somewhere between 600 and 900 during the winter months.
Two consecutive declines have taken it from 38 percent in 2010—where it has hovered for decades—to 31 percent today.
The economy added jobs steadily through the first quarter, and the stock market hovered around record highs.The U.S. Economy Had a Hiccup, Not a Heart Attack, This Year | Daniel Gross | May 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But in the matter of that wine—the faintest of smiles hovered on her lips, her eyebrows went up a shade.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
The belated moon stole up from its lair, hovered above the sky-line, a gaudy orange sphere in the haze of smoke.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
During two days smoke hovered around the neighbourhood, and the appearance of Manila from the bay was that of a smouldering city.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The latter glanced at her sidewise and a shrewd little smile hovered about her lips for a moment, which Jess did not observe.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
Towards the end of the march, the English hung upon the Scots, but 'hovered still about them and did nothing.'King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
British Dictionary definitions for hover
(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 indecision: she 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
- hoverer, noun
- hoveringly, adverb
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