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holding

[hohl-ding] /ˈhoʊl dɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that holds.
2.
a section of land leased or otherwise tenanted, especially for agricultural purposes.
3.
a company owned by a holding company.
4.
Often, holdings. legally owned property, especially stocks, bonds, or real estate.
5.
holdings, Library Science. the entire collection of books, periodicals, and other materials in a library.
6.
Sports. the illegal obstruction of an opponent, as in football, basketball, or ice hockey, by use of the hands, arms, or stick.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English holding. See hold1, -ing1
Related forms
preholding, noun
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  • The move included the auction of the fleer trade name, as well as other holdings.
  • Henry decided to use the occasion as an excuse to expand his holdings in northern france.
British Dictionary definitions for holdings

holding

/ˈhəʊldɪŋ/
noun
1.
land held under a lease and used for agriculture or similar purposes
2.
(often pl) property to which the holder has legal title, such as land, stocks, shares, and other investments
3.
(sport) the obstruction of an opponent with the hands or arms, esp in boxing
adjective
4.
(Austral, informal) in funds; having money
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Word Origin and History for holdings

holding

n.

early 13c., verbal noun of hold. As a football (soccer) penalty, from 1866. Meaning "property held," especially stock shares, is from 1570s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for holdings

holding

adjective
  1. Wealthy: Respect for people who are ''holding'' (1940s+)
  2. Possessing narcotics (1930s+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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