Hypertext Webster Gateway: "holding"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hold \Hold\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Held}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Holding}. {Holden}, p. p., is obs. in elegant writing,
though still used in legal language.] [OE. haldan, D. houden,
OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. h[*a]lla, Goth.
haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf.
{Avast}, {Halt}, {Hod}.]
1. To cause to remain in a given situation, position, or
relation, within certain limits, or the like; to prevent
from falling or escaping; to sustain; to restrain; to keep
in the grasp; to retain.

The loops held one curtain to another. --Ex. xxxvi.

Thy right hand shall hold me. --Ps. cxxxix.

They all hold swords, being expert in war. --Cant.
iii. 8.

In vain he seeks, that having can not hold.

France, thou mayst hold a serpent by the tongue, . .
. A fasting tiger safer by the tooth, Than keep in
peace that hand which thou dost hold. --Shak.

2. To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or
authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to

We mean to hold what anciently we claim Of deity or
empire. --Milton.

3. To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to
derive title to; as, to hold office.

This noble merchant held a noble house. --Chaucer.

Of him to hold his seigniory for a yearly tribute.

And now the strand, and now the plain, they held.

4. To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to
bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.

We can not hold mortality's strong hand. --Shak.

Death! what do'st? O,hold thy blow. --Grashaw.

He hat not sufficient judgment and self-command to
hold his tongue. --Macaulay.

5. To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute,
as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to

Hold not thy peace, and be not still. --Ps. lxxxiii.

Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost, Shall
hold their course. --Milton.

6. To prosecute, have, take, or join in, as something which
is the result of united action; as to, hold a meeting, a
festival, a session, etc.; hence, to direct and bring
about officially; to conduct or preside at; as, the
general held a council of war; a judge holds a court; a
clergyman holds a service.

I would hold more talk with thee. --Shak.

7. To receive and retain; to contain as a vessel; as, this
pail holds milk; hence, to be able to receive and retain;
to have capacity or containing power for.

Broken cisterns that can hold no water. --Jer. ii.

One sees more devils than vast hell can hold.

8. To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or
privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to

Stand fast and hold the traditions which ye have
been taught. --2 Thes.

But still he held his purpose to depart. --Dryden.

9. To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think;
to judge.

I hold him but a fool. --Shak.

I shall never hold that man my friend. --Shak.

The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his
name in vain. --Ex. xx. 7.

10. To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he
holds his head high.

Let him hold his fingers thus. --Shak.

{To hold a wager}, to lay or hazard a wager. --Swift.

{To hold forth}, to offer; to exhibit; to propose; to put
forward. ``The propositions which books hold forth and
pretend to teach.'' --Locke.

{To held in}, to restrain; to curd.

{To hold in hand}, to toy with; to keep in expectation; to
have in one's power. [Obs.]

O, fie! to receive favors, return falsehoods, And
hold a lady in hand. --Beaw. & Fl.

{To hold in play}, to keep under control; to dally with.

{To hold off}, to keep at a distance.

{To hold on}, to hold in being, continuance or position; as,
to hold a rider on.

{To hold one's day}, to keep one's appointment. [Obs.]

{To hold one's own}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Holding \Hold"ing\, n.
1. The act or state of sustaining, grasping, or retaining.

2. A tenure; a farm or other estate held of another.

3. That which holds, binds, or influences. --Burke.

4. The burden or chorus of a song. [Obs.] --Shak.

{Holding note} (Mus.), a note sustained in one part, while
the other parts move.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : designed for (usually temporary) retention; "a holding pen";
"a retaining wall" [syn: {retaining}]
n 1: the act of keeping in your possession [syn: {retention}, {keeping}]
2: something owned; any tangible possession that is owned by
someone; "that hat is my property"; "he is a man of
property"; [syn: {property}, {belongings}, {material

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