A hummingbird hovers near a flower.
- When a bird flaps its wings it the air and stays in one place, this is an example of hover.
- When you stand over someone's shoulder and watch everything he is doing, this is an example of hover.
- to stay suspended or flutter in the air near one place
- to linger or wait close by, esp. in an overprotective, insistent, or anxious way
- to be in an uncertain condition; waver (between)
Origin of hoverMiddle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven, to stay (suspended)
verbhov·ered, hov·er·ing, hov·ers
- To remain floating, suspended, or fluttering in the air: gulls hovering over the waves.
- To remain or linger in or near a place: hovering around the speaker's podium.
- To remain in an uncertain state; waver: hovered between anger and remorse.
- Computers To position a pointer over an object or area of the screen, causing a pop-up box to appear or other change to occur: Hover over the image to display the filename.
- To cause to hover: The pilot hovered the helicopter a few feet above the icy river.
- Computers To position (a pointer) over an object or area of the screen: hovered the cursor over the link.
Origin of hoverMiddle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven.
(third-person singular simple present hovers, present participle hovering, simple past and past participle hovered)
- To float in the air.
- The hummingbird hovered by the plant.
- To linger in one place.
- The strange man hovered outside the gents.
- This time, I hovered between Labour and Liberal Democrat.
- To waver, or be uncertain.
- (computing) To place the cursor over a hyperlink or icon without clicking.
- A tooltip appears when you hover over this link.
Old English hoveren (frequentative of hoven).
hover - Computer Definition
(1) To move the mouse pointer over an object and hold it there. Pronounced "huh-ver." See mouse over.
(2) (Hover!) A video game from Microsoft that came with Windows 95. Hover! has been available for subsequent versions of Windows.