Hover Hov"er, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Hovered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hovering}.] [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}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Great flights of birds are hovering about the bridge, and settling on it. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

A hovering mist came swimming o'er his sight. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To hang about; to move to and fro near a place, threateningly, watchfully, or irresolutely. [1913 Webster]

Agricola having sent his navy to hover on the coast. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Hovering o'er the paper with her quill. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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