holding definition by Webster's New World
- land, esp. a farm, rented from another
- property owned, as stocks, bonds, or inventory; assets
- in certain sports, the illegal use of the hands and arms to hinder the movements of an opponent
Origin: Middle English holdinge: see hold
holding definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Land rented or leased from another.b. Legally owned property, such as land, capital, or stocks. Often used in the plural.
- holdings The collection of books and other reading materials at a library.
- Law A court ruling, especially a ruling on a point of law raised in an official proceeding.
- Sports Illegal use of the arms, hands, body, or playing stick to obstruct the movements of an opponent.
- Tending to impede or delay progress: a holding action.
- Designed for usually short-term storage or retention: a holding tank; a holding cell.
holding - Business Definition
holding - Legal Definition
Variant of hold
- to take and keep with the hands or arms, or by other means; grasp; clutch; seize
- ☆ to keep from going away; not let escape: to hold a prisoner, hold the train
- to keep in a certain place or position, or in a specified condition: to hold one's head up
- to restrain or control; specif.,
- to keep from falling; bear the weight of; support: pillars holding the roof
- to keep from acting; keep back: hold your tongue
- to keep from advancing or attacking
- to keep from getting an advantage
- to get and keep control of; keep from relaxing: to hold someone's attention
- to continue; maintain: to hold a course
- to sustain or satisfy for the time being: a muffin should hold you until supper time
- ☆ to keep (a letter, etc.) for delivery later
- to keep (a room, etc.) for use later
- to keep under obligation; bind: hold him to his word
- to resist the effects of (alcoholic liquor)
- to have and keep as one's own; have the duties, privileges, etc. of; own; possess; occupy: to hold shares of stock, to hold the office of mayor
- to keep against an enemy; guard; defend: hold the fort
- to have or conduct together; specif.,
- to carry on (a meeting, conversation, etc.)
- to perform (a function, service, etc.): to hold classes in the morning
- to call together or preside over: to hold court
- to have or keep within itself; have room or space for; contain: a bottle that holds a quart
- to have or keep in the mind
- to have an opinion or belief about; regard; consider: to hold a statement to be untrue
- to decide; adjudge; decree
- to bind by contract
- to possess by legal title: to hold a mortgage
- Music to prolong (a tone or rest)
Origin: Middle English holden ; from Anglian Old English haldan (WS healdan), akin to German halten, Gothic haldan, to tend sheep ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kel-, to drive, incite to action from source Classical Greek kelēs, swift horse, Classical Latin celer, swift: probably sense development: drive (cattle, and the like )—tend—possess
- to retain a hold, a firm contact, etc.: hold tight
- to go on being firm, loyal, etc.: to hold to a resolution
- to remain unbroken or unyielding; not give way: the rope held
- to have right or title: usually with from or of
- to be in effect or in force; be true or valid: a rule that holds in any case
- to keep up; continue [the wind held from the north]; specif.,
- to remain in the air, waiting to land: a plane held over Boston
- to remain on a telephone line: that line is busy — will you hold?
- Archaic to go no further; stop oneself; halt: usually in the imperative
- the act or manner of grasping or seizing; grip; specif., a way of gripping an opponent in wrestling
- a thing to hold or hold on by
- a thing for holding or containing something else
- a controlling or dominating force; restraining authority: to have a firm hold over someone
- a being aware or in control: to lose one's hold on life
- a means of confinement; prison
- a temporary halt or delay, as to make repairs, or an order to make such a halt
- an order reserving something
- Obsolete a stronghold
- Obsolete the act or fact of guarding, possessing, etc.
- Music pause (sense )