What does hover mean?

Definitions for hover
ˈhʌv ər, ˈhɒv-hov·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word hover.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hover, vibrate, vacillate, oscillateverb

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

    "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"

  2. hover, lingerverb

    move to and fro

    "The shy student lingered in the corner"

  3. hoververb

    hang in the air; fly or be suspended above

  4. levitate, hoververb

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

    "The guru claimed that he could levitate"

  5. brood, hover, loom, bulk largeverb

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

    "The terrible vision brooded over her all day long"


  1. hoververb

    To float in the air.

  2. hoververb

    To linger in one place.

  3. hoververb

    To waver, or be uncertain.

  4. hoververb

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

  5. Etymology: hoveren (frequentative of hoven).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Hoververb

    Etymology: hovio, to hang over, Welsh.

    Some fiery devil hovers in the sky,
    And pours down mischief. William Shakespeare, King John.

    Ah, my poor princes! ah, my tender babes!
    If yet your gentle souls fly in the air,
    And be not fix’d in doom perpetual,
    Hover about me with your airy wings,
    And hear your mother’s lamentation. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    A hovering mist came swimming o’er his sight,
    And seal’d his eyes in everlasting night. John Dryden, Æn.

    Great flights of birds are hovering about the bridge, and settling upon it. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    ’Till as the earthly part decays and falls,
    The captive breaks her prison’s mould’ring walls;
    Hovers a-while upon the sad remains,
    Which now the pile, or sepulchre, contains,
    And thence with liberty unbounded flies,
    Impatient to regain her native skies. Matthew Prior.

    Some less refin’d, beneath the moon’s pale light,
    Hover, and catch the shooting stars by night. Alexander Pope.

    The landlord will no longer covenant with him; for that he daily looketh after change and alteration, and hovereth in expectation of new worlds. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    We see so warlike a prince at the head of so great an army, hovering on the borders of our confederates. Addison.

    The truth and certainty is seen, and the mind fully possesses itself of it; in the other, it only hovers about it. John Locke.


  1. hover

    Hover refers to the action of remaining suspended or floating in the air in one place. It can apply to objects, insects, birds, aircraft, or even a computer cursor on a screen. In broader terms, it can also refer to someone lingering in a place or near a person, often indicating uncertainty, indecision, or protectiveness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hovernoun

    a cover; a shelter; a protection

  2. Hoververb

    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. Hoververb

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

  4. Etymology: [OE. hoveren, and hoven, prob. orig., to abide, linger, and fr. AS. hof house; cf. OFries. hovia to receive into one's house. See Hovel.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hover

    hov′ėr, v.i. to remain aloft flapping the wings: to wait in suspense: to move about near.—adv. Hov′eringly, in a hovering manner. [Formed from A.S. hof, house.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HOVER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hover is ranked #12218 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hover surname appeared 2,548 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Hover.

    91.1% or 2,322 total occurrences were White.
    3.3% or 86 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 65 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 44 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 20 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hover in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hover in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of hover in a Sentence

  1. Isaac Watts:

    Do not hover always on the surface of things, nor take up suddenly, with mere appearances; but penetrate into the depth of matters, as far as your time and circumstances allow, especially in those things which relate to your profession.

  2. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    Of all the thoughts that hover in your mind, the one you deliberately choose and act upon - changes your LIFE!

  3. Jill Henderson:

    Our second-generation hover engines which power Hendo 2.0 are stronger, more efficient, and open up new possibilities for the way we transport objects and people.

  4. Alex Wong:

    It broke the pattern in the past few days and was able to hover above the level of the previous close, thanks to improved sentiment in the overseas markets following Morgan Stanley's full house buy alert on the global market.

  5. Saadi Shirazi:

    Were all thy fond endeavours vain To chase away the sufferer?s smart, Still hover near, lest absence pain His lonely heart.

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Translations for hover

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  • يحومArabic
  • vznášet seCzech
  • hoverDanish
  • verweilen, schweben, platzieren, zögernGerman
  • φτερουγίGreek
  • ŝvebiEsperanto
  • hesitar, flotar, revolotear, dudar, vacilar, levitar, colocar el cursor sobre un enlaceSpanish
  • شناورPersian
  • epäröidä, kursori, kohdistaa, norkoilla, häilyä, olla kahden vaiheilla, leijailla, leijuaFinnish
  • faire du sur-place, placer le curseur au-dessus d'un hyperlien, hésiter, planer, flotterFrench
  • flotar, dubidarGalician
  • मंडरानाHindi
  • lebegHungarian
  • melayang-layangIndonesian
  • flugetarIdo
  • passare il cursore sopra, attardarsi, essere sospeso, volteggiare, essere indeciso, esitare, essere in bilico, ronzare intorno, indugiare, pencolare, aggirarsi, gironzolare, librarsiItalian
  • לְרַחֵףHebrew
  • ホバーJapanese
  • 호버Korean
  • hoverLatin
  • topakiMāori
  • zwevenDutch
  • oversveve, hoverNorwegian
  • wahać sięPolish
  • flutuar, voltear, pairar, hesitarPortuguese
  • pluti, oscila, plasa cursorul peste link, planareRomanian
  • слоняться, реять, порхать, парить, зависать, вертеться, колебаться, болтаться, витать, мешкать, нависатьRussian
  • лебдети, lebdetiSerbo-Croatian
  • svävaSwedish
  • மிதவைTamil
  • โฉบThai
  • duraksamakTurkish
  • зависатиUkrainian
  • ہورUrdu
  • bay lượnVietnamese
  • כאַווערYiddish
  • 徘徊Chinese

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    (used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
    • A. proprietary
    • B. occlusive
    • C. adscripted
    • D. incumbent

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