--verb usually used without object (verb: hover; 3rd person present: hovers; past tense: hovered; past participle: hovered; gerund or present participle: hovering)
1. to be undecided about something; to waver between conflicting positions or courses of action. 3. to be suspended in the air, as if in defiance of gravity. 4. to hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing. 5. to hang in the air; to fly or be suspended above.
c.1400, hoveren, frequently of hoven "hover, tarry, linger" (c.1250), of unknown origin, chiefly nautical at first, of ships standing off a coast. Hovercraft first attested 1959; a proprietary name after 1961, but the copyright has expired.
Hovering is stationary flight, exhibited by bees, dragonflies, hummingbird hawk-moths, hummingbirds, bats, helicopters, balloons, and kites.