Definition of holding pattern in English:

holding pattern

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noun

  • The flight path maintained by an aircraft awaiting permission to land.
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    • 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.

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