hover

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 /ˈhɒvəʳ/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
hov•er /ˈhʌvɚ, ˈhɑv-/USA pronunciation   v. [no object]
  1. to hang fluttering or suspended in the air:a kite hovering over the yard.
  2. to remain near someone or something:He kept hovering outside my office.
  3. to remain in an uncertain state:to hover between life and death.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
hov•er  (huvər, hov-), 
v.i. 
  1. to hang fluttering or suspended in the air:The helicopter hovered over the building.
  2. to keep lingering about; wait near at hand.
  3. to remain in an uncertain or irresolute state;
    waver:to hover between life and death.

n. 
  • the act or state of hovering.
  • Etymology:
    • ?
    • Middle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven to hover 1350–1400
    hover•er, n. 
    hover•ing•ly, adv. 
    1 . See fly 1.3 . falter, pause, fluctuate.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    hover /ˈhɒvə/ vb
    1. (intransitive) to remain suspended in one place
    2. (intransitive) (of certain birds, esp hawks) to remain in one place in the air by rapidly beating the wings
    3. (intransitive) to linger uncertainly in a nervous or solicitous way
    4. (intransitive) to be in a state of indecision
    n
    1. the act of hovering
    Etymology: 14th Century: hoveren, variant of hoven, of obscure origin

    ˈhoverer n



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