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Hover is sometimes a misspelling of over.

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Definition of the verb hover

What does hover mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: hovered | hovering | hovers

  1. be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
  2. move to and fro
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of hover: linger
    • more generic words: hesitate / waffle / waver = pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
  3. hang in the air; fly or be suspended above
  4. be suspended in the air, as if in defiance of gravity
  5. hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
    • examples: Some big birds hover in the tree | There hover some big birds in the tree
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of hover: brood / bulk large / loom
    • more generic word: hang = be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive
    • more specific words: overshadow / dominate / eclipse = be greater in significance than

Alternative definition of the verb hover


  1. To float in the air.
  2. To linger in one place.
  3. To waver, or be uncertain.
  4. [computing] To place the cursor over a hyperlink or icon without clicking.


Hover is an Internet domain name registration service. Hover is a division of Tucows Incorporated, the third largest ICANN-accredited domain registrar in the world, only behind GoDaddy and eNom. Tucows is the largest publicly traded registrar and a technology company serving thousands of businesses and millions of Internet users worldwide since 1994.


"Hover" a.k.a. "Hover!" was a video game that was included on CD-ROM versions of the Microsoft Windows 95 operating system. It was a showcase for the advanced multimedia capabilities available on personal computers at the time. It is still available from Microsoft and will run on all of Microsoft's 95-compatible operating systems, from Windows 95, up to and including Windows 7 and 8. Additionally, Hover! will run in WINE on Unix-like systems.

  • mode: Single-player video game
  • developer: Microsoft Corporation
  • genres: Capture the flag, Action game
  • publisher: Microsoft Corporation
  • released in (20 years ago)


  1. "Hover" is a musical album of The Sleepover Disaster.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  2. "Hover" is a musical album of Hummingfish.
    • released on (18 years ago)
  3. "Hover" is a musical album of Five Times August.
  4. "Hover" is a composition.


HOVER is an Aviation waypoint, Geocode.


Hover is a software.

Phrases with Hover

  1. Hover-Fly
  2. Indigo Hover Goby
  3. Indigofera Hover
  4. Species Indigofera Hover

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Hover

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Google previewFlight Performance of Fixed and Rotary Wing Aircraft (2006)

by Antonio Filippone

Hover is a flight condition in which the aircraft maintains its altitude at a fixed position. For both...

Google previewFoundation Game Design with HTML5 and JavaScript (2013)

by Rex van der Spuy

a { color: green ; text-decoration: none; } a:hover is a special style selector that describes what ...

Google previewThe Mobile Web: Responsive design for a multi device world (2014)

by Sergio Lopes

Hover is a controversial case. The hover feature is very common on the Desktop, but usually a disaster on the touch screen.

Google previewHistory of Allen County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens (1906)

by Samuel A. Baxter

Hover is a member of ...

Google previewEvents as a Strategic Marketing Tool (2014)

by Dorothe Gerritsen, Ronald van Olderen

ABOUT THE CO-AUTHORS Moniek Hover is a Special Associate ...

Google previewRotorcraft Aeromechanics (2013)

by Wayne Johnson

Hover is the operating state in which the lifting rotor has no velocity relative to the air, either vertical or horizontal. General vertical flight involves axial flow with respect to the rotor. Vertical flight implies axial symmetry of the rotor flow field, ...

Google previewHelicopter Aerodynamics Volume I (2009)

by Ray Prouty

The fact that the -12° rotor eventually required more power to descend than to hover is a verification of pilots' observations of "power settling," a phenomenon where power management in vertical descent does not seem to be responding to ...

Google previewKeeping Poultry and Rabbits on Scraps (2008)

A Penguin Handbook by Alan Thompson, Claude Goodchild

THE PYRAMID HOVER is the most popular brooder with the commercial poultry keeper. It consists, as its name implies, of a pyramid-shaped canopy usually of metal with exit holes for the fumes of the oil lamp, if it is used instead of electricity.

Google previewA Century of Leadership (2011)

Biographies of Kappa Delta Pi Presidents by O. L. Davis, Mindy Spearman

Stephanie van Hover is an Associate Professor of social studies education at ...

Google previewPrinciples of Helicopter Aerodynamics (2002)

by J. Gordon Leishman

Flow near a Hovering Rotor Hover is a very unique flight condition. Here, the rotor has zero forward speed and zero vertical speed (no climb or descent). The rotor flow field is, therefore, azimuthally axisymmetric. A set of velocity ...

Google previewTransition from Fluid to Solid (2009)

Re-examining the Behavior of Concrete at Early Ages

Hover is a professor and Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University INTRODUCTION The use of concrete as a building material is differentiated from the use of natural stone by the fact that concrete begins its service life with ...

Google previewSuper Bug Encyclopedia (2016)

by DK

PERFECT FLIGHT CONTROL HOVER FLY Most insects have two pairs of wings, but a fly has just one working pair. Despite this, many flies are incredibly agile in the air. The most skilled are the hoverflies that can dart forward, backward, ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Animals (2004)

A Complete Visual Guide by Fred Cooke

Resembles bumblebee but has larger eyes and smaller antennae Bumble fly ( hover fly) Volucella bombylam, family Syrphidae Robber fly Laphria flaw, family Asilidae Greater bee fly Bombylius major. family Bombyliidae Soldier fly resembles ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Kentish Dialect and Provincialisms in Use in the County of Kent (1888)

by William Douglas Parish, William Francis Shaw

Hover [hovr] vb. To throw together lightly. There is a special use of this word with regard to hops. In East Kent it is the custom to pick, not in bins, but in baskets holding five or six bushels. The pickers gather the hops into a number of small ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Entomology (2011)

HOVER FLIES Diptera belonging to Family Syrphidae. Adults 5– 15 mm long, elongate and black with yellow and brown markings. Coloration pattern, body size and adult habit of feeding on flower nectar and pollen, give hover ...

Google previewIñupiatun Uqaluit Taniktun Sivuninit/Iñupiaq to English Dictionary (2014)

by Edna MacLean

|foxes or whatever hover around a beached animal carcass ...

Google previewThe English Dialect Dictionary, Being the Complete Vocabulary of All Dialect Words Still in Use, Or Known to Have Been in Use During the Last Two Hundred Years: F-M (1900)

by Joseph Wright

HOVER, v.1, sb. and adj.l Sc. n.Cy. Nhb. Yks. Lin. Hrf. e.An. Brks. Bck. Mid. Sur. Wil. Som. Dev. Also in forms auver n.Lin.'; hoer Lin.; hovver w.Yks.1 e.An."; huver Dev}; huvver e.An.“ ; hyver Nrf. ; iver, over Hrf.'; ovver n.Yks.' [h)o'va(r,s.Cy.

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Usage statistics about hover

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Quotes about Hover

Do not hover always on the surface of things, nor take up suddenly, with mere appearances but penetrate into the depth of matters, as far as your time and circumstances allow, especially in those things which relate to your profession. (Isaac Watts)
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Scrabble value of H4O1V4E1R1

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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