Definitions for hoverˈhʌv ər, ˈhɒv-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hov•erˈhʌv ər, ˈhɒv-(v.; n.)-ered, -er•ing

  1. (v.i.)to hang fluttering or suspended in the air:

    a kite hovering over the yard.

  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.

  4. (n.)the act or state of hovering.

Origin of hover:

1350–1400; ME hoveren, freq. of hoven to hover, of obscure orig.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. hover, vibrate, vacillate, oscillate(verb)

    be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action

    "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"

  2. hover, linger(verb)

    move to and fro

    "The shy student lingered in the corner"

  3. hover(verb)

    hang in the air; fly or be suspended above

  4. levitate, hover(verb)

    be suspended in the air, as if in defiance of gravity

    "The guru claimed that he could levitate"

  5. brood, hover, loom, bulk large(verb)

    hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing

    "The terrible vision brooded over her all day long"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hover(verb)ˈhʌv ər, ˈhɒv-

    (of sth that flies) to stay in one place in the air

    ***an insect hovering near the flower; helicopters hovering overhead

  2. hoverˈhʌv ər, ˈhɒv-

    ***to stand close to sb, watching but not doing anything

    The boy talked to his teacher as his parents hovered nearby.


  1. hover(Verb)

    To float in the air.

  2. hover(Verb)

    To linger in one place.

  3. hover(Verb)

    To waver, or be uncertain.

  4. hover(Verb)

    To place the cursor over a hyperlink or icon without clicking.

  5. Origin: hoveren (frequentative of hoven).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hover(noun)

    a cover; a shelter; a protection

  2. Hover(verb)

    to hang fluttering in the air, or on the wing; to remain in flight or floating about or over a place or object; to be suspended in the air above something

  3. Hover(verb)

    to hang about; to move to and fro near a place, threateningly, watchfully, or irresolutely

Translations for hover

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of a bird, insect etc) to remain in the air without moving in any direction.

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