holding pattern

noun
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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 in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of holding pattern

circa 1952


HOLDING PATTERN Defined for English Language Learners

holding pattern

noun

Definition of holding pattern for English Language Learners

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


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