hover
intransitive verb (hovered; hovering) Etymology: Middle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven to hover Date: 15th century 1. a. to hang fluttering in the air or on the wing b. to remain suspended over a place or object 2. a. to move to and fro near a place ; fluctuate around a given point <
unemployment hovered around 10 percent
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b. to be in a state of uncertainty, irresolution, or suspense • hover nounhoverer noun

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