Definition of hover in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhɒvə


[no object, with adverbial]
1Remain in one place in the air: Army helicopters hovered overhead
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  • Overhead, a helicopter hovers at such a low height that it only just clears the occasional overpass bridges that appear.
  • Sumner compared it to the difference between a helicopter passing overhead or hovering.
  • Overhead 10 helicopters hovered, cameramen and photographers ready to shoot the action.
1.1Remain poised uncertainly in one place or between two states: her hand hovered over the console his expression hovered between cynicism and puzzlement
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  • Leanne's hand hovered over a large, blue button on her console, preparing to press it.
  • The ice storm hovered over the Ontario and Quebec area until Jan. 14.
  • Thick, low clouds hovered over Jay's house like fists ready to strike.
1.2Linger close at hand in an uncertain manner: she hovered anxiously in the background
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  • So he hovered close and waited, and in the middle of the third week, his vigilance paid off.
  • As I stammered my way to buying a bag of apples, and my classmates donned other wacky guises, Ralph hovered close by to cast a critical eye and ear over our performances.
  • We hover close enough that I can see the matted clumps in the bear's shaggy, pale brown coat.
linger, loiter, wait about, stay nearby
British informal hang about
1.3Remain at or near a particular level: inflation will hover around the 4 per cent mark
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  • With fuel prices hovering near record high levels, can any carrier turn a profit?
  • The CDC reported deaths as a whole from influenza hovering near epidemic levels.
  • Gas prices continue to hover near record levels, but if you think you're paying too much at the pump that may be the least of your worries.


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An act of hovering: keep the model in a stable hover
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  • As we lifted on the signal, a squadron officer called for the pilot to bring the aircraft to a stable hover.
  • I fought my way toward spot 4, and the crewman signaled me to land as soon as I achieved a stable hover.
  • We located that raft and began the recovery process from as stable a hover as possible.


late Middle English: from archaic hove 'hover, linger', of unknown origin.



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  • But more than that - it's given the hoverers, the aboriginal people and their children, somewhere to go.
  • Some experts are saying that parents have gone too far and are becoming hoverers, lambasting their kids' behaviors at daycare (as seen on a webcam) or on a test score (posted online).
  • I was definitely a hoverer.

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