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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.
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Dolokhov was holding the Englishman's hand and clearly and distinctly repeating the terms of the bet, addressing himself particularly to Anatole and Pierre.
First, there were the tight-rein drivers -- men who seemed to think that all depended on holding the reins as hard as they could, never relaxing the pull on the horse's mouth, or giving him the least liberty of movement.
As he was thus speaking, he had risen from bed with great difficulty, holding to my shoulder with a grip that almost made me cry out, and moving his legs like so much dead weight.
I leaped to meet her, catching her about the waist and holding on hand and foot--yes, by my feet; I could hold on by them as readily as by my hands.
The Emperor came himself with his most distinguished knights, and each impostor held up his arm just as if he were holding something, and said, 'See
On reaching the carriage she jumped off without assistance, and holding up her riding habit, she ran up to greet Dolly.
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.
He called out to a passing traveler for help, but instead of holding out a helping hand, the man stood by unconcernedly, and scolded the boy for his imprudence.
And the daughter of rich- haired Rhea answered her not, but sped swiftly with her, holding flaming torches in her hands.
Still I pulled, holding what I gained each time with a double turn until the next slap gave me more.
They had therefore sent a call to Brother Jowjeetum-Fallal, the World- Renowned Hindoo Human Pin-Wheel, then holding forth in Hoopitup's circus.
When Rebecca alighted from the train at Maplewood and hurried to the post- office where the stage was standing, what was her joy to see uncle Jerry Cobb holding the horses' heads.