- a traffic pattern for aircraft at a specified location (holding point) where they are ordered to remain until permitted to land or proceed.
- a state or period in which no progress or change is made or planned.
Origin of holding pattern
First recorded in 1950–55
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- the oval or circular path of an aircraft flying around an airport awaiting permission to land