To remain floating, suspended, or fluttering in the air: gulls hovering over the waves. To remain or linger in or near a place: hovering around the speaker's podium. To remain in an uncertain state; waver: hovered between anger and remorse. Computers To position a pointer over an object or area of the screen, causing a pop-up box to appear or other change to occur: Hover over the image to display the filename. To cause to hover: The pilot hovered the helicopter a few feet above the icy river. Computers To position (a pointer) over an object or area of the screen: hovered the cursor over the link.