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