holding pattern noun
: a course flown by an aircraft while waiting for permission to land
: the usually oval course flown (as over an airport) by aircraft awaiting clearance especially to land
: 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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Related to HOLDING PATTERN
- cold storage, deep freeze, doldrums, dormancy, abeyance, latency, moratorium, quiescence, suspended animation, suspense, suspension
- continuance, continuation
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