holding pattern


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n holding pattern the flight path (usually circular) maintained by an aircraft that is awaiting permission to land
    • n 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"
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  • Judith Viorst
    Judith Viorst
    “Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket, or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.”


In literature:

So, just to hold a pattern one up, to know the others by, we took his likeness at once, and put him in here.
"Sketches by Boz illustrative of everyday life and every-day people" by Charles Dickens
Hold; while Prometheus is about it, I'll order a complete man after a desirable pattern.
"Moby Dick; or The Whale" by Herman Melville
To look at the pattern on a plate, you would naturally hold the plate so as to be able to look at it squarely.
"Young Folks' Library, Volume XI (of 20)" by Various
To his astonishment he discovered that he was holding a brand new automatic quick-firing revolver of the latest pattern.
"Afloat on the Flood" by Lawrence J. Leslie
He produced a pipe of the Dutch pattern, with a bowl carved into a death's head, and great enough to hold a cake of tobacco.
"The Frozen Pirate" by W. Clark Russell
From that sub-hold were removed nearly six hundred floating mines of the commonest German pattern.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
I don't hold with them new-patterned bright cottons.
"A Pair of Clogs" by Amy Walton
In and hold, then out and hold was the pattern.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
Hold the pattern up to the light to see if the holes are all clear; if they are not, wash it the second time.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
I can only see the little bit of the pattern that I can hold in my hand.
"Beside Still Waters" by Arthur Christopher Benson

In poetry:

Not such the scenes our later craftsman drew;
Not such the shapes his darker pattern hold;
A deeper shadow lent its sober hue,
A sadder tale his tragic task compelled.
"Francis Parkman" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Arena Football League's future in holding pattern .
Holding Pattern at DFW.
Everything's in a Clinton holding pattern .
Blackhawks in holding pattern with Nikolai Khabibulin.
Holding Pattern , Parise, forward thinking.
Lifeless Markets Remain in Holding Pattern, On Pace for Sixth Weekly Gain.
NHL lockout in holding pattern after informal lunch meeting .
US economy and nonresidential construction sector in a 'holding pattern.
Zel's (previously Café Del Mar) has been in a holding pattern for several years.
The sky will change its mood from time to time so the pattern we've had for the last couple of days will hold on until Monday.
Global stock markets were in a holding pattern ahead of a US jobs report later Friday that is expected to reflect a downturn in hiring following a massive storm but could also show that the American economy is otherwise bouncing back.
Right now, she's in a holding pattern.
CHICAGO – With two days remaining before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Cubs are still in a holding pattern.
Quebec miners in holding pattern as province finalizes royalty, exploration rules.
Asian stock markets remained in a holding pattern Thursday as investors assessed President Barack Obama's comments that reaching a budget deal to prevent the US from a possible recession was "not that tough".

In science:

It would be interesting to see if a similar pattern holds for BsJ as ¯B (∗)K bound states.
Moriond QCD 2007 - Theory Summary
That is, in the simplest case, where the data mining algorithm is expected to output approximately constant number of patterns, the minP-property is expected to hold to a good accuracy.
Multiple Hypothesis Testing in Pattern Discovery
Let k 6 n < q be integers such that q > (cid:0) n holds for RS codes of dimension k and block length n over Fq : For > 1 − q−Ω(k) fraction of error patterns ~e with wt(~e) 6 n − 4k and any codeword ~c, the only codeword that agrees in at least 4k positions with ~c + ~e is ~c.
Data Stream Algorithms for Codeword Testing
We can check that the mosaic supercongruences pattern holds for this series .
Kind of proofs of Ramanujan-like series
The patient data available only for positive cases is also plotted in a similar way in Figure 12 and again, no clear correlations or patterns emerge, which holds for all k and h.
Optimal diagnostic tests for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease based on support vector machine classification of RT-QuIC data