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hover  

  ( hovers    3rd person present)   ( hovering    present participle)   ( hovered    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   To hover means to stay in the same position in the air without moving forwards or backwards. Many birds and insects can hover by moving their wings very quickly.  
Beautiful butterflies hovered above the wild flowers...      V  
2       verb   If you hover, you stay in one place and move slightly in a nervous way, for example because you cannot decide what to do.  
Judith was hovering in the doorway...      V  
With no idea of what to do for my next move, my hand hovered over the board.      V prep/adv  
3       verb   If you hover, you are in an uncertain situation or state of mind.  
She hovered on the brink of death for three months as doctors battled to save her...      V prep/adv  
4       verb   If a something such as a price, value, or score hovers around a particular level, it stays at more or less that level and does not change much.  
In September 1989 the exchange rate hovered around 140 yen to the dollar...      V prep/adv  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
See also:

hove, hoover, hovel, hovercraft

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
mess, disaster
It is often used to describe how someone looks or feels. E.g: I'm a train wreck all day if I don't have a cup of coffee.

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