AskDefine | Define hover

Dictionary Definition



1 be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action; "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement" [syn: vibrate, vacillate, oscillate]
2 move to and fro; "The shy student lingered in the corner" [syn: linger]
3 hang in the air; fly or be suspended above
4 be suspended in the air, as if in defiance of gravity; "The guru claimed that he could levitate" [syn: levitate]
5 hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing; "The terrible vision brooded over her all day long" [syn: brood, loom, bulk large]

User Contributed Dictionary




hoveren (frequentative of hoven).


  1. to float in the air
    • The hummingbird hovered by the plant
  2. to linger in one place
    • The strange man hovered outside the gents
  3. to waver, or be uncertain
    • This time, I hovered between Labour and Liberal Democrat
  4. To place the cursor over a hyperlink without clicking
    • a tooltip appears when you hover over this link


to float in the air
to linger in one place
to waver, or be uncertain
to place the cursor over a hyperlink

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Extensive Definition

Hover can refer to:

See also

hover in Dutch: Hover

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aeroplane, airlift, airplane, approach, around, ascend, aspire, await, back down, balance, balloon, be airborne, be imminent, be in store, become airborne, brew, clasp, claw skyward, cling to, come on, confront, cruise, dance, debate, deliberate, demur, draw near, draw nigh, draw on, drift, face, falter, fear, ferry, flicker, flit, flitter, float, flutter, fly, fly aloft, follow close upon, forthcome, gain altitude, gather, glide, go with, hang, hang about, hang around, hang back, hang over, hem and haw, hesitate, hop, hover over, huddle, hug, hug the shore, hum and haw, hydroplane, impend, jet, jib, keep close to, kite, leave the ground, levitate, lie by, lie over, linger, loiter, loom, lower, march with, menace, navigate, near, overhang, pause, plane, poise, ponder, pull back, retreat, rise, sail, sailplane, scruple, seaplane, shilly-shally, shy, soar, spire, stand by, stay inshore, stay near, stick at, stickle, stop to consider, straddle the fence, strain at, tailgate, take off, take the air, take wing, think twice about, threaten, volplane, wait, wing, withdraw, yield, zoom
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