from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To remain floating, suspended, or fluttering in the air.
  • intransitive verb To remain or linger in or near a place.
  • intransitive verb To remain in an uncertain state; waver.
  • noun The act or state of hovering.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A protection or shelter.
  • noun In prosody, a foot consisting of mere accentual place.
  • noun Same as hoverer.
  • To keep lingering about; wait near at hand; move about waveringly, cautiously, or hesitatingly; go to and fro near or about a place or an object.
  • To hang fluttering in the air, as a bird or an insect while seeking food or a place to alight; linger over or about a place or an object.
  • To be in an indeterminate or irresolute state; stand in suspense or expectation; waver as to a decision or a result: as, a patient hovering between life and death; a mind hovering on the verge of madness.
  • To protect or shelter; cover with the wings and body: said of a brooding fowl: as, a hen with more chickens than she can hover.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Archaic A cover; a shelter; a protection.
  • intransitive verb To hang fluttering in the air, or on the wing; to remain in flight or floating about or over a place or object; to be suspended in the air above something.
  • intransitive verb To hang about; to move to and fro near a place, threateningly, watchfully, or irresolutely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To float in the air.
  • verb To linger in one place.
  • verb To waver, or be uncertain.
  • verb computing To place the cursor over a hyperlink or icon without clicking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb be suspended in the air, as if in defiance of gravity
  • verb move to and fro
  • verb hang in the air; fly or be suspended above
  • verb hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
  • verb be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English hoveren (frequentative of hoven).


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  • The Dative of Reference denotes the person _to whom a statement refers, of whom it is true_, or _to whom it is of interest; _ as, -- mihi ante oculōs versāris, _you hover before my eyes_ (lit. _hover before the eyes to me_); illī sevēritās amōrem nōn dēminuit, _in his case severity did not diminish love_ (lit. _to him severity did not diminish_); interclūdere inimīcīs commeātum, _to cut of the supplies of the enemy.

    New Latin Grammar Charles E. Bennett

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    Eschaton 2008

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  • Furthermore, Bruce Wayne has griped endlessly about the tactical flaws in hover-related activities.

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  • The method we used was called "hover fishing", which means that we put a gob of eggs on the bottom with a 2 ounce sinker and just let the current move the bait across the bottom.

    The Seattle Times 2011

  • 1 Some coins hover around the border between two grades and thus may just barely qualify for their respective assigned grades.

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  • “By hover I meant someone who interferes,” she told him.

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  • I saw an anxious expression hover across her face for a second, to be quickly replaced by her ordinary society look of calm, studied suavity.

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  • I saw the golden coin hover on her breaths; I saw her eyes darken and brighter, and still speak no language but that of an unfathomable kindness; I saw the faultless face, and, through the robe, the lines of the faultless body.

    Merry Men Robert Louis Stevenson 1872

  • · hoverClass (string) - Default: "hover" - Sets the class given to elements when they are currently hovered.

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