hov|er


hov|er
hov|er «HUHV uhr, HOV-», verb, noun.
–v.i.
1. to stay in or near one place in the air; hang fluttering or suspended in air: »

The helicopter hovered over the spot where the lost men had been seen.

2. to stay in or near one place; wait nearby: »

The dogs hovered around the kitchen door at mealtime. Figurative. Pestilence was hovering in the track of famine (George Eliot).

SYNONYM(S): linger.
3. Figurative. to be in an uncertain condition; waver: »

The sick man hovered between life and death.

–v.t.
1. to brood over; cover with wings and body: »

a hen with more chickens than she can hover.

2. to hang over or about: »

The President would hover her typewriter…demanding to know the reason for the delay (New York Times).

–n.
1. an act of hovering.
2. the state of hovering.
[Middle English hoveren (frequentative) < hoven hover]
hov´er|er, noun.
hov´er|ing|ly, adverb.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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