a clamp for holding a metal piece, as a sheet being deep-drawn, to prevent distortion or movement.
restraint or limitation short of reduction, especially on costs: a substantial holddown on military spending.

1885–90; noun use of verb phrase hold down

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To holddown
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: holdback
Next Definition: holden
Words Near: holddown
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for holddown
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing holddown
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Example sentences
With the cable slack, six spring-driven latches rotate clear of holddown rods freeing the outer panel to deploy.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature