Definition of holding pattern in English:

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holding pattern

noun

The 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.

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