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hold·ing

 (hōl′dĭng)
n.
1.
a. Land rented or leased from another.
b. often holdings Legally owned property, such as land, capital, or stocks.
2. holdings The collection of books and other reading materials at a library.
3. Law The part of a court opinion that announces how the law is being applied to the particular facts of the case and that may establish precedent for future similar cases.
4. Sports Illegal use of the arms, hands, body, or playing stick to obstruct the movements of an opponent.
adj.
1. Tending to impede or delay progress: a holding action.
2. Designed for usually short-term storage or retention: a holding tank; a holding cell.

holding

(ˈhəʊldɪŋ)
n
1. (Law) land held under a lease and used for agriculture or similar purposes
2. (Law) (often plural) property to which the holder has legal title, such as land, stocks, shares, and other investments
3. (Boxing) sport the obstruction of an opponent with the hands or arms, esp in boxing
adj
informal Austral in funds; having money

hold•ing

(ˈhoʊl dɪŋ)

n.
1. the act of one that holds.
2. a section of land leased or otherwise tenanted, esp. for agricultural purposes.
3. Often, holdings. legally owned property, as securities.
4. holdings, the collection of books, periodicals, and other materials in a library.
5. the illegal obstruction of an opponent, as in football, basketball, or ice hockey, by use of the hands, arms, or stick.
[1175–1225]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.holding - the act of retaining somethingholding - the act of retaining something  
possession, ownership - the act of having and controlling property
withholding - the act of holding back or keeping within your possession or control; "I resented his withholding permission"; "there were allegations of the withholding of evidence"
storage - the act of storing something
2.holding - something ownedholding - something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone; "that hat is my property"; "he is a man of property";
possession - anything owned or possessed
material possession, tangible possession - property or belongings that are tangible
worldly belongings, worldly goods, worldly possessions - all the property that someone possess; "he left all his worldly possessions to his daughter"
ratables, rateables - property that provides tax income for local governments
hereditament - any property (real or personal or mixed) that can be inherited
intellectual property - intangible property that is the result of creativity (such as patents or trademarks or copyrights)
community property - property and income belonging jointly to a married couple
personal estate, personal property, personalty, private property - movable property (as distinguished from real estate)
things - any movable possession (especially articles of clothing); "she packed her things and left"
immovable, real estate, real property, realty - property consisting of houses and land
commonage - property held in common
landholding - a holding in the form of land
salvage - property or goods saved from damage or destruction
shareholding - a holding in the form of shares of corporations
church property, spirituality, spiritualty - property or income owned by a church
lease, letting, rental - property that is leased or rented out or let
trade-in - an item of property that is given in part payment for a new one
public property - property owned by a government
wealth - property that has economic utility: a monetary value or an exchange value
estate - everything you own; all of your assets (whether real property or personal property) and liabilities
heirloom - (law) any property that is considered by law or custom as inseparable from an inheritance is inherited with that inheritance
stockholding, stockholdings - a specific number of stocks or shares owned; "sell holdings he has in corporations"
trust - something (as property) held by one party (the trustee) for the benefit of another (the beneficiary); "he is the beneficiary of a generous trust set up by his father"

holding

noun
Something, as land and assets, legally possessed.Often used in plural:
estate, possession (used in plural), property.
Translations

holding

[ˈhəʊldɪŋ]
A. N
1. (= land) → pequeña propiedad f, parcela f, chacra f (S. Cone) holdingsterrenos mpl
2. (Comm) → valores mpl en cartera
3. (= act) → tenencia f
B. CPD holding company N (Comm) → holding m
holding operation Noperación f de contención

holding

[ˈhəʊldɪŋ]
n
(= share) → parts fpl
to have a holding in sth → avoir des parts dans qch
(= farm) → exploitation f
adj (= delaying) [operation, action, tactic] → destiné(e) à retarder les chosesholding company nholding m

holding

n
(Fin, of shares) → Anteil m (→ in an +dat); the maximum holdingder maximal zulässige Anteil
(of books, paintings)Sammlung f(of von)
(of land)Landgut nt; a holding of 10 hectaresein Landgut von 10 Hektar

holding

:
holding company
nHolding(gesellschaft) f
holding operation
nprovisorische Maßnahme; (= damage limitation)Schadensbegrenzungsaktion f
holding pattern
n (Aviat) → Warteschleife f; (fig)Warteposition f

holding

[ˈhəʊldɪŋ] n (land) → podere m, tenuta
holdings → terre fpl, proprietà fpl terriere holdings npl (Comm) → azioni fpl, titoli mpl
References in classic literature ?
So saying, he threw aside the rose that he had been holding all this time, thrust his sword back into the scabbard, and, with a more hasty step than he had yet used, stepped to the roadside where grew the little clump of ground oaks Robin had spoken of.
The chiefs about the son of Atreus chose their men and marshalled them, while Minerva went among them holding her priceless aegis that knows neither age nor death.
For, holding the axe Groan-Maker, he is unconquerable, and to fight with him is sure death.
The Manxman took the reel, and holding it high up, by the projecting handle-ends of the spindle, round which the spool of line revolved, so stood with the angular log hanging downwards, till Ahab advanced to him.
A little behind them stood the two younger princesses holding handkerchiefs to their eyes, and just in front of them their eldest sister, Catiche, with a vicious and determined look steadily fixed on the icons, as though declaring to all that she could not answer for herself should she glance round.
for, as has been said, all the inns he lodged in were castles to his eyes), and that the daughter of the innkeeper was daughter of the lord of the castle, and that she, won by his high-bred bearing, had fallen in love with him, and had promised to come to his bed for a while that night without the knowledge of her parents; and holding all this fantasy that he had constructed as solid fact, he began to feel uneasy and to consider the perilous risk which his virtue was about to encounter, and he resolved in his heart to commit no treason to his lady Dulcinea del Toboso, even though the queen Guinevere herself and the dame Quintanona should present themselves before him.
These, then, stood against the Titans in grim strife, holding huge rocks in their strong hands.
This would make his position more secure and durable, as it has made that of the Turk in Greece, who, notwithstanding all the other measures taken by him for holding that state, if he had not settled there, would not have been able to keep it.
But Joe was holding on for life, resisting the other's every effort, as fast as one hold or grip was torn loose finding a new one by which to cling.
He stood holding by the shrouds, talking to himself and groaning out aloud whenever the ship hammered on the rock.
Gliding along the silent streets, and holding his course where they were darkest and most gloomy, the man who had left the widow's house crossed London Bridge, and arriving in the City, plunged into the backways, lanes, and courts, between Cornhill and Smithfield; with no more fixedness of purpose than to lose himself among their windings, and baffle pursuit, if any one were dogging his steps.
This was in answer to a quick impatient movement on the part of Gaffer: the speaker at the same time unshipping his scull on that side, and laying his hand on the gunwale of Gaffer's boat and holding to it.