holding pattern


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holding pattern

n.
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.

holding pattern

n
(Aeronautics) the oval or circular path of an aircraft flying around an airport awaiting permission to land

hold′ing pat`tern


n.
1. a traffic course held by aircraft at a specified location until cleared for landing.
2. a condition of no progress or change.
[1950–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
inaction, inactiveness, inactivity - the state of being inactive
2.holding pattern - the flight path (usually circular) maintained by an aircraft that is awaiting permission to land
air lane, skyway, airway, flight path - a designated route followed by airplanes in flying from one airport to another
Translations

holding pattern

n (Aer) → circuito di attesa
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