Simple Definition of holding pattern
: a course flown by an aircraft while waiting for permission to land
Full Definition of holding pattern
1 : the usually oval course flown (as over an airport) by aircraft awaiting clearance especially to land
2 : a state of waiting or suspended activity or progress
Examples of holding pattern
Our plane was in a holding pattern for almost an hour because of the fog.
<repair work on the bridge was in a holding pattern for the duration of the winter>
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