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Word of the day
for January 31
hover v
  1. (transitive)
    1. To keep (something, such as an aircraft) in a stationary state in the air.
    2. Of a bird: to shelter (chicks) under its body and wings; (by extension) of a thing: to cover or surround (something).
    3. (obsolete) Of a bird or insect: to flap (its wings) so it can remain stationary in the air.
  2. (intransitive)
    1. To remain stationary or float in the air.
    2. (figuratively)
      1. To hang around or linger in a place, especially in an uncertain manner.
      2. To be indecisive or uncertain; to vacillate, to waver.
    3. (computing) Chiefly followed by over: to use a mouse or other device to place a cursor over something on a screen such as a hyperlink or icon without clicking, so as to produce a result (such as the appearance of a tooltip).
    4. (nautical) To travel in a hovercraft as it moves above a water surface.

hover n

  1. An act, or the state, of remaining stationary in the air or some other place.
  2. A flock of birds fluttering in the air in one place.
  3. (figuratively) An act, or the state, of being suspended; a suspension.
  4. (chiefly Southern England) A cover; a protection; a shelter; specifically, an overhanging bank or stone under which fish can shelter; also, a shelter for hens brooding their eggs.
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hoả xa noun
  1. (dated) train
  2. (Buddhism) a fiery chariot that brings sinners to hell
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