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Meaning of holding

hold•ing

Pronunciation: (hōl'ding), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of a person or thing that holds.
  2. a section of land leased or otherwise tenanted, esp. for agricultural purposes.
  3. a company owned by a holding company.
  4. Often,legally owned property, esp. stocks, bonds, or real estate.
  5. the entire collection of books, periodicals, and other materials in a library.
  6. the illegal obstruction of an opponent, as in football, basketball, or ice hockey, by use of the hands, arms, or stick.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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