Word of the Day: hover


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Word of the Day
 
October 13, 2015
 
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Hover means to remain in the air in the same position. When used for people, it means to wait or linger near somebody or something for more time or at a closer distance than is expected. When referring to a number or value, it means to stay around a specific level or amount.
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Example sentences
 
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A yellow butterfly was hovering above the fence, and I couldn't resist taking a picture.
 
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I can't decide what to order, and that waiter hovering next to me makes me nervous.
 
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For a long time, inflation hovered around 2%, but after the recession began, things changed dramatically.
 
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"Stop hovering, Mark! I'll never get my work done with you looking over my shoulder!"
 
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Words often used with hover
 
hover over: An idiom used with computers, referring to moving the mouse or cursor over something on the screen. Example: "Hover over the words to see their definitions." It can also be used as an adjective (with a hyphen), as in "I like hover-over explanations because they clarify things I'm confused about."
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Multi-word forms
 
Hovercrafts are vehicles that can travel on water, land, and ice because of a cushion of compressed air.
 
 
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Origin
 
From the Middle English "hoveren." It first appeared in 13501400.
 
 
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