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holding pattern

noun

Simple Definition of holding pattern

  • : a course flown by an aircraft while waiting for permission to land

Full Definition of holding pattern

  1. 1 :  the usually oval course flown (as over an airport) by aircraft awaiting clearance especially to land

  2. 2 :  a state of waiting or suspended activity or progress

Examples of holding pattern

  1. Our plane was in a holding pattern for almost an hour because of the fog.

  2. <repair work on the bridge was in a holding pattern for the duration of the winter>



Circa 1952

First Known Use of holding pattern

circa 1952


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