Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Land rented or leased from another.
  • n. Legally owned property, such as land, capital, or stocks. Often used in the plural.
  • n. The collection of books and other reading materials at a library.
  • n. Law A court ruling, especially a ruling on a point of law raised in an official proceeding.
  • n. Sports Illegal use of the arms, hands, body, or playing stick to obstruct the movements of an opponent.
  • adj. Tending to impede or delay progress: a holding action.
  • adj. Designed for usually short-term storage or retention: a holding tank; a holding cell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that one owns, especially stocks and bonds.
  • n. A determination of law made by a court.
  • n. A tenure; a farm or other estate held of another.
  • n. That which holds, binds, or influences.
  • n. The burden or chorus of a song.
  • v. Present participle of hold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or state of sustaining, grasping, or retaining.
  • n. A tenure; a farm or other estate held of another.
  • n. That which holds, binds, or influences.
  • n. The burden or chorus of a song.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of keeping or retaining.
  • n. A tenure.
  • n. That which is held.
  • n. plural Property in general, especially stocks and bonds.
  • n. The burden or chorus of a song.
  • n. That which holds, binds, or influences; hold; influence; power.
  • n. In archery, the short pause after drawing a bow to fix the aim and make ready for loosing the bowstring. See hold, intransitive verb, 6.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of retaining something
  • n. something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone

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Examples

  • He was holding court it was really the only time I've seen anyone do the thing we mean by the phrase "holding court" in what may or may not have been his real apartment, clearly loving the attention.

    Sean Carman: Saint Christopher

  • The design of the distribution system within the tertiary command is influenced by the size of holdings (the term holding is used in the sense of a contiguous area farmed as a unit), as well as by the type of crop being grown, particularly the extent of paddy.

    Chapter 10

  • The teabagger view of Massa's Town Hall Phillip Dampier: More importantly, Randy Kuhl ended his term holding town hall meetings in a back room, where ...

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  • If they were car companies, their future would probably look something like that of Mercedes: a famous label holding its own in a high-end but small niche.

    The Mercedes Model

  • Friday, 478 U.S. 385 1986, which they characterize as holding that the clock on the statute of limitations begins running anew "with each disparate paycheck even if the disparity arose out of discriminatory pay decisions made years earlier."

    "Pay is a complicated thing."

  • The various protest groups are infuriated over what they call their holding pen, a fenced in area across the street from the Fleet Center.

    CNN Transcript Jul 24, 2004

  • The various protest groups are infuriated over what they call their holding pen, a fenced-in area across the street from the FleetCenter.

    CNN Transcript Jul 23, 2004

  • But in this case, they are doing what they call holding the vote open.

    CNN Transcript - Special Event: Ari Fleischer Addresses John Ashcroft as Senate Votes on His Confirmation - February 1, 2001

  • However, I do believe this is step 1 in holding the corporations accountable for "managing" themselves, versus bilking themselves to death.

    McConnell: There's a bailout fund in current Wall St. reform bill

  • The Beachwood Volunteer Fire Company will begin holding its annual Christmas tree sale fundraiser on Tuesday, December 1st.

    2009 December 03 « Beachwood Historical Alliance

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