hov·er (hŭvər, hŏv-)
v. hov·ered, hov·er·ing, hov·ers
1. To remain floating, suspended, or fluttering in the air: gulls hovering over the waves.
2. To remain or linger in or near a place: hovering around the speaker's podium.
3. To remain in an uncertain state; waver: hovered between anger and remorse.
4. 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.
1. To cause to hover: The pilot hovered the helicopter a few feet above the icy river.
2. Computers To position (a pointer) over an object or area of the screen: hovered the cursor over the link.
The act or state of hovering: a helicopter in hover.
[Middle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven.]
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