Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To remain floating, suspended, or fluttering in the air: gulls hovering over the waves.
  • intransitive v. To remain or linger in or near a place: hovering around the speaker's podium.
  • intransitive v. To remain in an uncertain state; waver: hovered between anger and remorse.
  • n. The act or state of hovering: a helicopter in hover.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cover; a shelter; a protection.
  • intransitive v. 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 v. To hang about; to move to and fro near a place, threateningly, watchfully, or irresolutely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. A protection or shelter.
  • n. In prosody, a foot consisting of mere accentual place.
  • n. Same as hoverer.

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

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

Etymologies

Middle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English hoveren (frequentative of hoven). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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

  • Barring some weird event, we'll basically see John McCain hover at around 43% until the election and Obama moving between 44 and 49.

    Eschaton

  • The bolding-on-hover is gone, and I added in a picture of some older designs of the site for comparison.

    Nine Years, and a New Look - Anil Dash

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

    MEMO: Appropriate Stances When Confronting Evildoers En Masse

  • 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

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

    The Coin Market Phenomenon of 2009 is the Widening Gap between the Prices of High End and Low End Certified Coins : Coin Collecting News

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

    Castles and The Lion’s Lady

  • 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.

    She and I, Volume 1

  • 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

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

    Softpedia - Windows - All

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