holdfast

[ hohld-fast, -fahst ]
/ ˈhoʊldˌfæst, -ˌfɑst /
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noun

something used to hold or secure a thing in place; a catch, hook, clamp, etc.
Botany, Mycology. any of several rootlike or suckerlike organs or parts serving for attachment.

Nearby words

  1. holdback,
  2. holddown,
  3. holden,
  4. holder,
  5. holder in due course,
  6. holding,
  7. holding company,
  8. holding furnace,
  9. holding operation,
  10. holding paddock

Origin of holdfast

First recorded in 1550–60; noun use of verb phrase hold fast

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British Dictionary definitions for holdfast

holdfast

/ (ˈhəʊldˌfɑːst) /

noun

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