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HOVER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hover mean? 

HOVER (verb)
  The verb HOVER has 5 senses:

1. be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
2. move to and fro
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

  Familiarity information: HOVER used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


HOVER (verb)


Sense 1hover [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

vacillate; oscillate; hover; vibrate

Context example:

He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement

Hypernyms (to "hover" is one way to...):

hesitate; waffle; waver (pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "hover"):

shillyshally (be uncertain and vague)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 2hover [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move to and fro

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

hover; linger

Context example:

The shy student lingered in the corner

Hypernyms (to "hover" is one way to...):

hesitate; waffle; waver (pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3hover [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hang in the air; fly or be suspended above

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "hover" is one way to...):

fly; wing (travel through the air; be airborne)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "hover"):

poise (be motionless, in suspension)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP

Sentence examples:

Some big birds hover in the tree
There hover some big birds in the tree


Sense 4hover [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be suspended in the air, as if in defiance of gravity

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

levitate; hover

Context example:

The guru claimed that he could levitate

"Hover" entails doing...:

arise; come up; go up; lift; move up; rise; uprise (move upward)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 5hover [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

bulk large; brood; loom; hover

Context example:

The terrible vision brooded over her all day long

Hypernyms (to "hover" is one way to...):

hang (be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP

Sentence examples:

Some big birds hover in the tree
There hover some big birds in the tree


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