WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
hov•er /ˈhʌvɚ, ˈhɑv-/USA pronunciation
v. [no object]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- to hang fluttering or suspended in the air:a kite hovering over the yard.
- to remain near someone or something:He kept hovering outside my office.
- to remain in an uncertain state:to hover between life and death.
(huv′ər, hov′-), v.i.
- to hang fluttering or suspended in the air:The helicopter hovered over the building.
- to keep lingering about; wait near at hand.
- to remain in an uncertain or irresolute state;
waver:to hover between life and death.
- the act or state of hovering.
1 . See fly 1. 3 . falter, pause, fluctuate.
- Middle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven to hover 1350–1400
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
hover /ˈhɒvə/ vb
- (intransitive) to remain suspended in one place
- (intransitive) (of certain birds, esp hawks) to remain in one place in the air by rapidly beating the wings
- (intransitive) to linger uncertainly in a nervous or solicitous way
- (intransitive) to be in a state of indecision
Etymology: 14th Century: hoveren, variant of hoven, of obscure originˈhoverer n
- the act of hovering
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