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Definition of "holding" []

  • Land rented or leased from another. (noun)
  • Legally owned property, such as land, capital, or stocks. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • The collection of books and other reading materials at a library. (noun)
  • Law A court ruling, especially a ruling on a point of law raised in an official proceeding. (noun)
  • Sports Illegal use of the arms, hands, body, or playing stick to obstruct the movements of an opponent. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "holding" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "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 ..."