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holding pattern Syllabification: hold·ing pat·tern
Pronunciation: /ˈhōldiNG ˈpadərn/

Definition of holding pattern in English:


1The flight path maintained by an aircraft awaiting permission to land.
Example sentences
  • He planned to stack up all the heavies in a holding pattern to await further approach clearance when visibility increased.
  • Outgoing flights were cancelled and incoming flights put on a holding pattern.
  • We had to go into a holding pattern and await a fighter escort.
1.1A state or period of no progress or change: stock markets settled down yesterday into a holding pattern
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