Definition of hover in English:

hover

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Remain in one place in the air.

    ‘army helicopters hovered overhead’
    • ‘The lad moved the bow across the fiddle strings, and the moment he did, the birds stopped flying overhead and hovered to listen.’
    • ‘Helicopters were hovering above, circling the area.’
    • ‘More than 500 police backed up by helicopters hovering overhead were involved in raids across Sydney and Melbourne.’
    • ‘Overhead, black helicopters hover in military formation like giant birds of prey.’
    • ‘Sumner compared it to the difference between a helicopter passing overhead or hovering.’
    • ‘By mid-morning, helicopters hovered overhead and police barked orders through bullhorns to keep order on the ground.’
    • ‘The same gull hovered over the next green, but was driven away by the irate golfers.’
    • ‘An attempt on Wednesday was foiled when he was drowned out by a helicopter hovering overhead.’
    • ‘The roads were closed for security reasons and helicopters were hovering over head.’
    • ‘A helicopter hovers overhead - possibly a government task team assessing the disaster-hit area - but then departs quickly again.’
    • ‘While the craft were on the lake, the Shannon rescue helicopter was hovering above and advised that another craft was on the lake near Portumna with no one on board.’
    • ‘A helicopter hovers overhead, a bit of air support for the ground troops.’
    • ‘Around midnight there was the all-too-familiar buzzing sound of the Garda helicopter hovering over the neighbourhood again.’
    • ‘Army helicopters hovered overhead as mobile telephone networks were shut down to prevent crowds communicating.’
    • ‘Overhead 10 helicopters hovered, cameramen and photographers ready to shoot the action.’
    • ‘I'd keep an eye out for helicopters hovering overhead if I were him, and I certainly would not allow my wife and children to drive the family vehicle any longer.’
    • ‘A year later, as I stood waiting for a bus that wasn't coming, helicopters hovered overhead.’
    • ‘Her car was pursued by a caravan of newspaper reporters, while television cameramen hovered overhead in helicopters.’
    • ‘Armed police with a back-up helicopter hovering overhead sealed off part of a village as a man terrorised his ex-partner at gunpoint.’
    • ‘Overhead, a helicopter hovers at such a low height that it only just clears the occasional overpass bridges that appear.’
    • ‘Helicopters seemed to hover overhead constantly.’
    be suspended, be poised, hang, float, levitate, drift, fly, flutter
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    1. 1.1 Remain poised uncertainly in one place or between two states.
      ‘her hand hovered over the console’
      ‘his expression hovered between cynicism and puzzlement’
      • ‘Her voice dipped to a purr as her lips hovered over his.’
      • ‘With all her usual care, Agatha switched the machine on and moved the cursor slowly until it hovered over the Internet Explorer icon.’
      • ‘The ice storm hovered over the Ontario and Quebec area until Jan. 14.’
      • ‘My left hand shook as it hovered over the holster to my gun.’
      • ‘The car really was on a bad angle, hovered over the ditch like that, it looked like we'd had a terrible accident.’
      • ‘Once more, Julia's endearingly grubby little hand hovered over the clasp of her tote.’
      • ‘I still love a good steak but I do miss that odd hint of petrochemicals that sometimes hovered over his meats.’
      • ‘He reached out with one hand, and it hovered over her shoulder.’
      • ‘My pen hovered over the box indicating interest in being a leader/co-leader.’
      • ‘Thick, low clouds hovered over Jay's house like fists ready to strike.’
      • ‘Leanne's hand hovered over a large, blue button on her console, preparing to press it.’
      • ‘Every now and then a walker, runner or cyclist would pass, a squirrel searched for a tree in a totally treeless landscape and miner bees hovered over their holes.’
      • ‘He was in the process of cutting up some kind of machine with a blow torch, several parts of it were on fire and a plume of oily smoke hovered over it.’
      • ‘His finger hovered over the play button on the boom box.’
      • ‘Leaden gray clouds hovered over the ancient burial ground.’
      • ‘The lights were on from the start and the dark clouds hovered over the ground.’
      • ‘Her sweet customary scent, Evening of Paris, hovered over the tension of the car.’
      • ‘In the gathering dusk, a full moon hovered over the eastern sky.’
      • ‘As his father's concerned face hovered over him, Joe grinned.’
      • ‘A tenacious lone Black-winged kite hovered over the grassland even as darkness engulfed the hills.’
    2. 1.2 (of a person) wait or linger close at hand in a tentative or uncertain manner.
      ‘she hovered anxiously in the background’
      • ‘Dishes in hand, I hovered over the sink and smiled to myself.’
      • ‘Christian hovered over her, his arms on either side of her.’
      • ‘We debated what to have while a waitress hovered over us.’
      • ‘He hovered over us, leering at our nubile young bodies, asking stupid questions and generally making us uncomfortable.’
      • ‘He hovered over me peering down at me with his blue eyes.’
      • ‘Isly hovered over him with a grin that rivaled his own.’
      • ‘My companion hovered over the fruit as if he'd never seen an orange before, which he probably hadn't.’
      • ‘Waiting for the perfect time, Angel hovered over the guards.’
      • ‘The grandchildren hover close by, whispering and squirming bashfully if my glance falls upon them.’
      • ‘A watchful father hovered over an infant; his hopes and feelings were expressed with tender strength.’
      • ‘So he hovered close and waited, and in the middle of the third week, his vigilance paid off.’
      • ‘The sun was coming up over the old Sears building as a gaggle of women hovered over their toddlers and scurried across the street to catch the 5 bus.’
      • ‘She hovered over her father, cleared a path for him, scanned the small crowd anxiously.’
      • ‘We hover close enough that I can see the matted clumps in the bear's shaggy, pale brown coat.’
      • ‘He stood and hovered over her, worrying lighting his eyes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I cautiously hovered over it and a text-box popped up with the URL of the previous page in the weblog I was reading.’
      • ‘The frightened teens hugged as Isabelle hovered over them.’
      • ‘I remember my mum completely losing it and Nana just hovered over pop stroking his white hair back over and over.’
      • ‘Marina now hovered over me with a complete set of dental instruments, a blender, and what looked like a microwave wired into a lawnmower.’
      linger, loiter, wait about, stay nearby
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    3. 1.3 Remain at or near a particular level.
      ‘inflation will hover around the 4 percent mark’
      • ‘The oil production cartel meets in Vienna as prices continue to hover close to the $50 per barrel mark and amidst continued strong demand from China.’
      • ‘By Friday's close they were hovering just above #12.’
      • ‘People were out in droves enjoying temperatures hovering near seventy.’
      • ‘Met Office spokesman Andy Yeateman said bitter north winds will keep temperatures hovering close to freezing on Christmas Day and some snow flakes could fall.’
      • ‘It hovers perilously close to cheesy at times (think animal prints and acres of marble), but it positively reeks of a bygone era.’
      • ‘The set didn't completely achieve lift-off, though it hovered very close at times.’
      • ‘With Rovers currently hovering dangerously near the relegation zone, it's vital the players are not distracted from the task of trying to secure a priceless away win.’
      • ‘On the shopping list of items necessary to encourage cycling, indoor bike lockers hover near the top.’
      • ‘The CDC reported deaths as a whole from influenza hovering near epidemic levels.’
      • ‘Now he hovers close to breaching the 30% limit that would force him to make an offer for the whole company.’
      • ‘Together they ditched £155,000 of shares as the company's stock continued to hover around its highest level for three years.’
      • ‘Shares initially hovered close to their opening mark as, for a fourth day in a row, traders were left without a lead from the US.’
      • ‘Crude oil prices are hovering around record levels and Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico has been cited as one of the reasons for the latest spikes.’
      • ‘Broken down socioeconomically, the figures for most backgrounds hovered around this level.’
      • ‘It hit a 12-month high of 6,835 on February 17 last, but once again it is hovering close to the 6,000 milestone.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some, including Phillips, tried to hover within acceptable levels of steroid dosage.’
      • ‘With fuel prices hovering near record high levels, can any carrier turn a profit?’
      • ‘The men in red and black are also well positioned to retain their Super League crown as they are hovering near the top of the table with five matches to go.’
      • ‘As the price of oil hovers at near record highs it appears that car buyers are reining in their spending.’
    4. 1.4Computing Use a mouse or other device to position the cursor over a particular area of a computer screen so as to cause a program to respond (typically by displaying additional information or options), without clicking a button on the device.
      ‘if you hover over the video, it will play a preview with sound’
      [with object] ‘you can hover your cursor over any button to see an explanation’

noun

  • [in singular] An act of remaining in the air in one place.

    • ‘When I first began flying helicopters I was sometimes overwhelmed with the amount of workload needed to maintain control of a helicopter during a hover.’
    • ‘Parental activity near the nest varied in that the frequency of parental passes and hovers within 1 m of the nest opening increased in the period before fledging.’
    • ‘"That is quite unusual," he said, "for an aircraft sitting in a hover."’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

hover

/ˈhəvər/