hovering act

hovering act
noun
Etymology: from gerund of hover (I)
: an act prohibiting or regulating the roving or hovering of domestic or foreign ships within certain limits; especially : an act providing for the boarding of foreign ships and inspection of cargo manifests outside the three-mile limit (as within four leagues of the coast) in order to enforce revenue or security laws especially for protection of the commerce of a coastal nation

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Internat. Law.
1. an act forbidding or restricting the loitering of foreign or domestic vessels within the prescribed limits of a coastal nation.
2. an act stipulating that foreign vessels may be boarded and their shipping manifests checked by the appropriate government officials beyond the three-mile limit of a coastal nation.

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