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holding

noun

Simple Definition of holding

  • : property (such as land or stocks) that is owned by someone

  • sports : the illegal act of using your hands or arms to slow or stop the movement of an opponent in sports like ice hockey and American football

Full Definition of holding

  1. 1 a :  land held especially by a vassal or tenant b :  property (as land or securities) owned —usually used in plural

  2. 2 :  a ruling of a court especially on an issue of law raised in a case — compare dictum

  3. 3 :  something that holds

Examples of holding

  1. penalized 10 yards for holding

  2. <the holding of not guilty took everyone by surprise>



15th Century

First Known Use of holding

15th century

Rhymes with holding


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holding

adjective

Simple Definition of holding

  • : causing or intended to cause a temporary stop or delay

  • —used to describe a place where someone or something is kept for a time before being moved somewhere else

Full Definition of holding

  1. 1 :  having the effect of holding back or delaying something <the [war] represented a holding action against the spread of world Communism — Sidney Offit>

  2. 2 :  intended for usually temporary storage or retention <a holding tank>

Examples of holding

  1. The troops were engaged in a holding action until reinforcements could arrive.



1568

First Known Use of holding

1568



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