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1. A usually oval pattern flown by aircraft awaiting clearance to land at an airport.
2. Informal A state of waiting or delay; a static situation: environmental groups that wish to put oil exploration into a holding pattern.
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(Aeronautics) the oval or circular path of an aircraft flying around an airport awaiting permission to land
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1. a traffic course held by aircraft at a specified location until cleared for landing.
2. a condition of no progress or change.
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|Noun||1.||holding pattern - a state of inaction with no progress and no change; "you should go into a holding pattern until he gets over his disappointment"|
|2.||holding pattern - the flight path (usually circular) maintained by an aircraft that is awaiting permission to land|
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