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hover

verb uk   /ˈhɒv.ər/ us    /ˈhɑː.vɚ/
[I usually + adv/prep] to stay in one place in the air, usually by moving the wings quickly: A hawk hovered in the sky, waiting to swoop down on its prey. I heard the noise of a helicopter hovering overhead.Movement through the airAviationTravelling by aircraftWaitingStaying and remaining [I usually + adv/prep] to stand somewhere, especially near another person, eagerly or nervously waiting for their attention: A waiter hovered at the table, ready to take our order. I could sense him behind me, hovering and building up the courage to ask me a question.Animal (non-human) behaviourOrnithology and bird-watchingMovement through the airAviationTravelling by aircraft [I + prep] to stay at or near a particular level: Inflation is hovering at three percent.Keeping and staying the sameNot able to be changed [I + adv/prep, T] to put the cursor on a computer screen in a particular place without clicking on it: The link changes to green when the mouse hovers over it. If you hover the mouse pointer over the entry, the full web address will be displayed.
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