[huhv-er, hov-] /ˈhʌv ər, ˈhɒv-/
verb (used without object)
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.
(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: she was hovering between the two suitors
(transitive) (computing) to hold (the mouse pointer) over a defined area on a web page without clicking, in order to cause a menu, information box, etc to appear
the act of hovering
c.1400, hoveren, frequentative of hoven “hover, tarry, linger;” see hove (1). Related: Hovered; hovering. As a noun from 1510s.
- Hover fly
noun 1. any dipterous fly of the family Syrphidae, with a typically hovering flight, esp Syrphus ribesii, which mimics a wasp
noun, Prosody. 1. indeterminacy as to which of two consecutive syllables in a line of verse bears the metrical stress, as in any of the first three feet of Slow, slow, / fresh fount, / keep time / with my / salt tears.
noun, International Law. 1. an act forbidding or restricting the loitering of foreign or domestic vessels within the prescribed limits of a coastal nation. 2. an act stipulating that foreign vessels may be boarded and their shipping manifests checked by the appropriate government officials beyond the three-mile limit of a coastal nation.
noun 1. a vessel in territorial waters apparently collaborating in illicit operations.