• WordNet 3.6
    • v hover hang in the air; fly or be suspended above
    • v hover be suspended in the air, as if in defiance of gravity "The guru claimed that he could levitate"
    • v hover move to and fro "The shy student lingered in the corner"
    • v hover be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"
    • v hover hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing "The terrible vision brooded over her all day long"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The hummingbird is the only bird that can hover and fly straight up, down, or backward
    • n Hover A cover; a shelter; a protection.
    • Hover To hang about; to move to and fro near a place, threateningly, watchfully, or irresolutely. "Agricola having sent his navy to hover on the coast.""Hovering o'er the paper with her quill."
    • Hover 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. "Great flights of birds are hovering about the bridge, and settling on it.""A hovering mist came swimming o'er his sight."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The whirling cloud, a flat cloud hovering over the peak of an extinct volcano, Mount Jirinaj in Indonesia, affected by hot air rising from the crater, spins swiftly around and around.
    • hover To keep lingering about; wait near at hand; move about waveringly, cautiously, or hesitatingly; go to and fro near or about a place or an object.
    • hover To hang fluttering in the air, as a bird or an insect while seeking food or a place to alight; linger over or about a place or an object.
    • hover To be in an indeterminate or irresolute state; stand in suspense or expectation; waver as to a decision or a result: as, a patient hovering between life and death; a mind hovering on the verge of madness.
    • hover To protect or shelter; cover with the wings and body: said of a brooding fowl: as, a hen with more chickens than she can hover.
    • n hover A protection or shelter.
    • n hover In prosody, a foot consisting of mere accentual place.
    • n hover Same as hoverer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Hover hov′ėr to remain aloft flapping the wings: to wait in suspense: to move about near
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  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon's verge.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Formed from A.S. hof, house.


In literature:

Ah, if ever God seemed hovering close, it was now at this instant, on this starlit deck floating in the black void of space.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
But the globes continued to hover over them.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
Over the parade ground a biplane was hovering, darting this way and that, rising and falling with startling velocity.
"The Man Who Rocked the Earth" by Arthur Train
Night, doubtless, is the usual season of his prey; but he does not shun the day, and is sometimes seen hovering unhurt in the sunshine.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2" by John Wilson
My ancestors come hover with William the Conqueror.
"Sue, A Little Heroine" by L. T. Meade
Gustavo hovered over them, awaiting their pleasure, the genius itself of respectful devotion.
"Jerry" by Jean Webster
She saw him now plainly enough hovering over the dressing table.
"Grace Harlowe's Plebe Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
The little gray robin hovered over it that the cold wind might not reach the spark.
"Stories of Birds" by Lenore Elizabeth Mulets
Robotcabs were swerving in, hovering above the ground to pick up passengers, then veering away.
"The Colors of Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The planet itself is hovering sixty million miles away from us, about forty million miles from Mars and close to ninety million from Venus.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings

In poetry:

When lightnings flash among the trees,
Or kites are hovering near,
I fear lest thee alone they seize,
And know no other fear.
"The Doves" by William Cowper
Time who, when pleasure plumes his wing,
So swiftly speeds away;
Now seems to hover o'er the scene,
And to protract his stay.
"To Disappointment" by Elizabeth Bath
Where is it mothers learn their love? -
In every Church a fountain springs
O'er which th' Eternal Dove
Hovers out softest wings.
"Holy Baptism" by John Keble
And when joys do hover 'round me,
Weaving chaplets rich and bright,
I'd away from pleasures turn me
To my beautiful "Starlight."
"The Valentine" by Mary Weston Fordham
O, sweet love-sang o' auld, auld days,
What hauntin' magic hovers
Around each simple note an' line,
An' speaks of love and lovers!
"A Dream Of Yarrow" by Alexander Anderson
O, sweet love-sang o' auld, auld days,
What hauntin' magic hovers
Around each simple note an' line,
An' speaks of love an' lovers!
"A Dream Of Yarrow" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Mystery of officer's murder hovers in Cold Spring.
Even if you're sticking close to home, with gas hovering somewhere around 4-bucks a gallon, just a day trip will run some serious bucks.
This suspended tent-like roof of sculpted Oregon street signs hovers over the Keen Garage .
Even as a demolition contractor hovered around the historic Church of the Assumption wondering about bidding for the job, a city agency issued a temporary reprieve for the Spring Garden Street landmark.
Bush's legacy hovers over Tampa.
Vanderbilt Medical Center's LifeFlight helicopter hovers over the crash site.
WASHINGTON — Hovering in the background of the "fiscal cliff" debate is the prospect of 2 million people losing their unemployment benefits four days after Christmas.
As winds are blowing in cooler air, they also bring dust that is hovering in the atmosphere below five thousand feet.
A dark vulture hovers over markets, ready to swoop down and cause major damage to your portfolio.
An Austrian man – Felix Baumgartner – stepped off the small ledge of a capsule that was hovering about 128,000 feet above the earth.
Erickson family of Hover .
After Bruising '12 Election, Fiscal Fears Hover Over US Outlook.
After making only five of his first 12 field goal attempts, SMU's Hover has made nine of 10.
Google Climbs, but Questions Hover .

In science:

Hoverer when considered as functions of the scaling variable x = r/√n they will vanish in this limit.
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
The angle-averaged gain radius, where charged-current neutrino heating balances cooling, hovers around ∼100 km.
The Role of Collective Neutrino Flavor Oscillations in Core-Collapse Supernova Shock Revival
Our results for the branching ratios are substantially larger than previously estimated in : D0 → K +K −ℓ+ ℓ− hovers around 10−7 , while we expect D0 → π+π− ℓ+ℓ− to be within the reach of LHCb.
Standard Model prediction and new physics tests for D0 -> h+h-l+l- (h=\pi,K; l=e,\mu)
The best results achieved on an SGEMM workload on large, square matrices hover around 350 GFlops/s.
High-Order Discontinuous Galerkin Methods by GPU Metaprogramming
As for the first reservation mentioned above the good news is that both finite temperature65 or quantum68 fluctuations render the “hovering effect” (i.e., the dominance of a single level Sα over a number of consecutive Coulomb peaks) more robust.
Quantum Interferometry with Electrons: Outstanding Challenges