Date: 15th century
a. land held especially by a vassal or tenant
b. property (as land or securities) owned — usually used in plural
2. a ruling of a court especially on an issue of law raised in a case — compare dictum
3. something that holds
1. having the effect of holding back or delaying something <the [war] represented a holding action against the spread of world Communism — Sidney Offit> 2. intended for usually temporary storage or retention <a holding tank>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.