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holdfast

[hohld-fast, -fahst]
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noun
  1. something used to hold or secure a thing in place; a catch, hook, clamp, etc.
  2. Botany, Mycology. any of several rootlike or suckerlike organs or parts serving for attachment.
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Origin of holdfast

First recorded in 1550–60; noun use of verb phrase hold fast
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Examples from the Web for holdfast

Historical Examples

  • He then began to wander, and Holdfast's question remained unanswered.

    Put Yourself in His Place

    Charles Reade

  • Oh, no,” was the reply; “Mr. Holdfast had not yet come back.

    Great Porter Square, v. 2

    Benjamin Leopold Farjeon

  • Small wonder that Mr. Holdfast was captivated by them and by her beauty!

    Great Porter Square, v. 1

    Benjamin Leopold Farjeon

  • But even this money,” said Mr. Holdfast to her, “would not last for ever.

    Great Porter Square, v. 1

    Benjamin Leopold Farjeon

  • Mr. Holdfast was touched to his inmost soul by the pathos of this situation.

    Great Porter Square, v. 1

    Benjamin Leopold Farjeon


British Dictionary definitions for holdfast

holdfast

noun
    1. the act of gripping strongly
    2. such a grip
  1. any device used to secure an object, such as a hook, clamp, etc
  2. the organ of attachment of a seaweed or related plant
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