Definition of holdfast in English:


Syllabification: hold·fast
Pronunciation: /ˈhōl(d)ˌfast


  • 1A firm grip.
  • 1.1A staple or clamp securing an object to a wall or other surface.
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    • Lattice panels, wires, or rough surfaces give tendrils and holdfasts a place to latch onto.
    • Furthermore, the facts that crowns and holdfasts rarely occur attached but that each is preserved with attached incomplete columns, suggest that crowns were broken from their holdfasts prior to burial.
    • Crowns commonly have some length of column still attached, and holdfasts, less commonly recognized than crowns, also have some length of column attached.
  • 1.2 Biology A stalked organ by which an alga or other simple aquatic plant or animal is attached to a substrate.
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    • At the base of the stalk is the holdfast, which cements the alga to the rock and prevents it from being washed away.
    • Heavy grazing may damage and weaken the holdfasts which anchor the algae.
    • The algae were decapitated, clamped with vice grips at their holdfasts, and secured to the bottom of a unidirectional current tank with an ordinary house brick.

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