• "The fawn caught hold of its mother, clasping her neck."
    "The fawn caught hold of its mother, clasping her neck."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n holding the act of retaining something
    • n holding something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone; "that hat is my property","he is a man of property"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Holding a Large Board in Vise for Planing Holding a Large Board in Vise for Planing
Charlie holding the broom that saved him Charlie holding the broom that saved him
A squirrel holding a partially eaten nut A squirrel holding a partially eaten nut
Stephen holding a rose in his mouth Stephen holding a rose in his mouth
The princess, holding a sword, stands over the sleeping snake The princess, holding a sword, stands over the sleeping snake
Maia and the fairy hold hands Maia and the fairy hold hands
The prince cuts through the chains holding the princess The prince cuts through the chains holding the princess
Hold On! Hold On Hold On! Hold On

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Basketball superstar Wilt Chamberlain holds 56 NBA records
    • Holding A tenure; a farm or other estate held of another.
    • Holding That which holds, binds, or influences.
    • Holding The act or state of sustaining, grasping, or retaining.
    • Holding The burden or chorus of a song.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Beavers can hold their breath for 45 minutes.
    • n holding The act of keeping or retaining.
    • n holding A tenure.
    • n holding That which is held. Specifically— Lands held by one person; especially, lands held under a superior.
    • n holding plural Property in general, especially stocks and bonds.
    • n holding The burden or chorus of a song.
    • n holding That which holds, binds, or influences; hold; influence; power.
    • n holding In archery, the short pause after drawing a bow to fix the aim and make ready for loosing the bowstring. See hold, intransitive verb, 6.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pig vomit is used in perfume and cologne to hold the scent in
    • Holding anything held: a farm held of a superior: hold: influence:
    • Holding (Scots law) tenure
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  • Simone De Beauvoir
    “To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.”
  • Jessie B. Fremont
    Jessie B. Fremont
    “Unexplained joy is always so keen that... it seems to hold enough to reconcile one to the inevitable.”
  • Ben Sweetland
    Ben Sweetland
    “We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.”
  • Confucius
    “When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it--this is knowledge.”
  • Leo Buscaglia
    “Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “An obstinate person does not hold opinions; they hold them.”


Can't hold a candle - If something can't hold a candle to something else, it is much worse.
Don't hold your breath - If you are told not to hold your breath, it means that you shouldn't have high expectations about something.
Hold all the aces - If you hold all the aces, you have all the advantages and your opponents or rivals are in a weak position.
Hold the baby - (UK) If someone is responsible for something, they are holding the baby.
Hold the bag - (USA) If someone is responsible for something, they are holding the bag.
Hold the fort - If you hold the fort, you look after something or assume someone's responsibilities while they are away.
Hold the torch - If you hold the torch for someone, you have an unrequited or unspoken love.
Hold the wire - If you ask someone on the telephone to hold the wire, you want them to wait and not hang up.
Hold water - When you say that something does or does not 'hold water', it means that the point of view or argument put forward is or is not sound, strong or logical. For e.g., 'Saying we should increase our interest rates because everyone else is doing so will not hold water'.
Hold your hands up - (UK) If you hold your hands up, you accept responsibility for something you have done wrong.
Hold your horses - If someone tells you to hold your horses, you are doing something too fast and they would like you to slow down.
Hold your own - If you can hold your own, you can compete or perform equally with other people.
Hold your tongue - If you hold your tongue, you keep silent even though you want to speak.
No holds barred - If there are no holds barred, there are no rules of conduct; you can do anything.
On hold - If something is on hold, no action is being taken.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. healdan; Old High Ger. haltan, Goth. haldan.


In literature:

Their dogs snarled at True and he barked in return, and I had to hold him tight to prevent his flying at them.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
They had armed themselves with billets of wood and handspikes; and some had got hold of knives and axes, which they had secreted.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was hard work to hold on, for the ship rolled even more violently than before.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
I caught hold of it by one of its legs.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
Mother was holding our hands in hers.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
Here, lay hold of my ankles and hold me," cried Esau, "Why?
"To The West" by George Manville Fenn
No, child, dey didn' bother nothin much, but some of de rations dey get hold of.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Ever since he had been old enough to pay heed to anything, his mother had been holding the picture up before his eyes.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
A small comfortable talent might hold its own, where a larger one would succumb.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
Then, as the drink got hold of me, I got worse and worse.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service

In poetry:

"Nay, mother, hold thy cruel tongue;
God knows," the young man cried,
"He never made a whiter soul
Than hers by Wenham side.
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Pleasanter now it is to hold
That here, where sang he, more of him
Remains than where he, tuneless, cold,
Passed to the dim.
"At A House In Hampstead Sometime The Dwelling Of John Keats" by Thomas Hardy
Once when the wars were o'er, the knight
Was holding wassail high,
And the valiant men that followed him
Were at the revelry.
"Betzko" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Her thin, wan finger, stiff and stark,
She holds by night, she holds by day.
Ask, if you will. No answer makes
The sombre, guarded bay.
"Gloucester Harbor" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Why above others was I so blessed
And honoured? to be chosen one
To hold you, sleeping, against my breast,
As now I may hold your only son.
"Lalila, To The Ferengi Lover" by Laurence Hope
What whispered Love the day he fled?
Ah! this was what Love whispered;
"You sought to hold me with a chain;
I fly to prove such holding vain.
"When Love Went" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

Route 20 Outhouse Bar & Grill, located just off I-94 on Hwy 20 in Racine, is holding an all inclusive New Years Eve Party and tickets are now on sale.
Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School student Ian White plays St Jude, holding a medallion of Christ.
Genetic information holds the promise of advancing disease prevention to a whole new level.
Your readers may be interested to know that on Saturday, February 6, 7 PM, at Town Hall, American Workers & Artists for Solidarity will be holding a meeting in support of the Polish workers' movement.
White Supremacy Group to Hold Rally in West Allis .
To download from a PC, right-click on the document link and select "Save Target As " To download from a Mac, hold down the OPTION key and click on the document link.
Tatsu's holds on to its alluring tradition.
The Canton Free Library will hold a Thanksgiving Read- Aloud Nov 10 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. "Thanksgiving Day" by Gail Gibbons will be read, followed by crafts.
Morgan County Read Aloud is holding two orientations for volunteers that are interested in reading to classrooms of children.
History shows that October 6 holds special significance for the Stanford football program as the perhaps the most memorable date.
The furnace, which is designed for extra-long holding times to process a range of special alloys, has a capacity of 43 tons.
Horansky holds her toy poodle, "Molly Cue.".
Here, Brooke Slater, 9, holds her 18-year-old cat, Howie.
Throughout high school, I focused more on fine art and put my pursuit of animation on hold.
Democrats now hold both California's US Senate seats, almost three-fourths of the Congressional delegation, and all the statewide elected offices.

In science:

In fact, if Hx ⊆ V x and (i) does not hold, then Hx 6= {0}, so that there exists a vector 0 6= X ∈ Hx and, for such a vector, g(X , V ) = 0 for any V ∈ V x , so that (ii) holds.
Harmonic morphisms between degenerate semi-Riemannian manifolds
The fact that the K in the first statement that holds for C also holds for any C0 < C is not stated explicitly in , but it appears to be understood in the context.
Random Surfaces
If Theorem 1.3 holds true for al l bounded independent i.i.d. col lections {Xij } with mean zero and variance 1, then it holds true for al l squareintegrable i.i.d. col lections {Xij } with mean zero and variance 1.
Spectral measure of large random Hankel, Markov and Toeplitz matrices
The holds for finite sets u, v ⊆ A then it also holds for u ∩ v . (If x ↾ (u ∩ v ) = y ↾ (u ∩ v ) X ∈ X there is a least finite u = ||X || ⊆ A satisfying (∗).
A definable nonstandard model of the reals
Hence (iii) does not hold, and so, by Corollary 3 (ii) does not hold.
Extensions of endomorphisms of C(X)