hovering


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hovering

A self-sustaining maneuver whereby a fixed, or nearly fixed, position is maintained relative to a spot on the surface of the earth or water.
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The airy figure of the child paused, hovering over the house at which I had left my traveling-carriage in the evening.
The child led me on board the vessel and paused again, hovering over me in the smoky air.
Since then she has been, as I began by saying, hovering, hovering, sir"--Mr.
By slow degrees, the hovering head (perfectly still when she first saw it) began to descend towards Agnes as she lay beneath.
Vassenka had fired at a flock of ducks which was hovering over the marsh and flying at that moment towards the sportsmen, far out of range.
Instead of two hawks there were now dozens of them hovering with shrill cries over the marsh.
Terrence did not voice his sorrow, if sorrow he had; but his hovering about Biddy tokened his anxiety for her.
Along the sweeping borders of the woods hung a dark cloud of savages, eyeing the passage of their enemies, and hovering at a distance, like vultures who were only kept from swooping on their prey by the presence and restraint of a superior army.
The reader can see the picture in any drawing-room; it can be easily recognized: the Virgin (the only young and really beautiful Virgin that was ever painted by one of the old masters, some of us think,) stands in the crescent of the new moon, with a multitude of cherubs hovering about her, and more coming; her hands are crossed upon her breast, and upon her uplifted countenance falls a glory out of the heavens.
Then, regardless of cover, regardless of the Asiatic airship hovering like a huge house roof without walls above the Suspension Bridge, he sprinted along towards the north and came out for the first time upon that rocky point by Luna Island that looks sheer down upon the American Fall.
He stood long hovering above the recumbent and Herculean form of the emigrant, keenly debating in his own mind the chances of his enterprise, and the most effectual means of reaping its richest harvest.
I walked round the church, hesitating, hovering; I reflected that I had already, with him, hurt myself beyond repair.