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.
A yellow butterfly was hoveringabove the fence, and I couldn't resist taking a picture.
I can't decide what to order, and that waiterhoveringnext to me makes me nervous.
For a long time, inflation hovered around 2%, but after the recession began, things changed dramatically.
"Stop hovering, Mark! I'll never get my work done with you looking over my shoulder!"
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 likehover-overexplanations because they clarify things I'm confused about."
Hovercrafts are vehicles that can travel on water, land, and ice because of a cushion of compressed air.