holding pattern

noun

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 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

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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