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Definition of HOLD

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Hold \Hold\ (h[=o]ld), n. [D. hol hole, hollow. See {Hole}.] (Naut.) The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Hold \Hold\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Held}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Holding}. {Holden}, p. p., is obs. in elegant writing, though still used in legal language.] [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. h[*a]lla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. {Avast}, {Halt}, {Hod}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. To cause to remain in a given situation, position, or relation, within certain limits, or the like; to prevent from falling or escaping; to sustain; to restrain; to keep in the grasp; to retain. [1913 Webster]

              The loops held one curtain to another. --Ex. xxxvi.
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              Thy right hand shall hold me.         --Ps. cxxxix.
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              They all hold swords, being expert in war. --Cant. iii. 8. [1913 Webster]

              In vain he seeks, that having can not hold.
                                                    --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

              France, thou mayst hold a serpent by the tongue, . .
              .
              A fasting tiger safer by the tooth,
              Than keep in peace that hand which thou dost hold.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend. [1913 Webster]

              We mean to hold what anciently we claim Of deity or empire.                   --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     3. To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to hold office. [1913 Webster]

              This noble merchant held a noble house. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              Of him to hold his seigniory for a yearly tribute.
                                                    --Knolles. [1913 Webster]

              And now the strand, and now the plain, they held.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     4. To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain. [1913 Webster]

              We can not hold mortality's strong hand. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Death! what do'st? O, hold thy blow.  --Grashaw. [1913 Webster]

              He had not sufficient judgment and self-command to hold his tongue.                      --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     5. To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain. [1913 Webster]

              Hold not thy peace, and be not still. --Ps. lxxxiii.
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              Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost, Shall hold their course.              --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     6. To prosecute, have, take, or join in, as something which is the result of united action; as to, hold a meeting, a festival, a session, etc.; hence, to direct and bring about officially; to conduct or preside at; as, the general held a council of war; a judge holds a court; a clergyman holds a service. [1913 Webster]

              I would hold more talk with thee.     --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     7. To receive and retain; to contain as a vessel; as, this pail holds milk; hence, to be able to receive and retain; to have capacity or containing power for. [1913 Webster]

              Broken cisterns that can hold no water. --Jer. ii.
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              One sees more devils than vast hell can hold.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     8. To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain. [1913 Webster]

              Stand fast and hold the traditions which ye have been taught.                          --2 Thes. ii.15. [1913 Webster]

              But still he held his purpose to depart. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     9. To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge. [1913 Webster]

              I hold him but a fool.                --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              I shall never hold that man my friend. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.                         --Ex. xx. 7. [1913 Webster]

     10. To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he holds his head high. [1913 Webster]

               Let him hold his fingers thus.       --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     {To hold a wager}, to lay or hazard a wager. --Swift.

     {To hold forth},
         (a) v. t.to offer; to exhibit; to propose; to put forward. "The propositions which books hold forth and pretend to teach." --Locke. (b) v. i. To talk at length; to harangue.

     {To held in}, to restrain; to curd.

     {To hold in hand}, to toy with; to keep in expectation; to have in one's power. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              O, fie! to receive favors, return falsehoods, And hold a lady in hand.              --Beaw. & Fl.

     {To hold in play}, to keep under control; to dally with.
        --Macaulay.

     {To hold off}, to keep at a distance.

     {To hold on}, to hold in being, continuance or position; as, to hold a rider on.

     {To hold one's day}, to keep one's appointment. [Obs.]
        --Chaucer.

     {To hold one's own}. To keep good one's present condition absolutely or relatively; not to fall off, or to lose ground; as, a ship holds her own when she does not lose ground in a race or chase; a man holds his own when he does not lose strength or weight.

     {To hold one's peace}, to keep silence.

     {To hold out}.
         (a) To extend; to offer. "Fortune holds out these to you as rewards." --B. Jonson. (b) To continue to do or to suffer; to endure. "He can not long hold out these pangs." --Shak.

     {To hold up}.
         (a) To raise; to lift; as, hold up your head. (b) To support; to sustain. "He holds himself up in virtue."--Sir P. Sidney. (c) To exhibit; to display; as, he was held up as an example. (d) To rein in; to check; to halt; as, hold up your horses. (e) to rob, usually at gunpoint; -- often with the demand to "hold up" the hands. (f) To delay.

     {To hold water}.
         (a) Literally, to retain water without leaking; hence (Fig.), to be whole, sound, consistent, without gaps or holes; -- commonly used in a negative sense; as, his statements will not hold water. [Colloq.] (b) (Naut.) To hold the oars steady in the water, thus checking the headway of a boat. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Hold \Hold\ (h[=o]ld), n.
     1. The act of holding, as in or with the hands or arms; the manner of holding, whether firm or loose; seizure; grasp; clasp; grip; possession; -- often used with the verbs take and lay. [1913 Webster]

              Ne have I not twelve pence within mine hold.
                                                    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              Thou should'st lay hold upon him.     --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

              My soul took hold on thee.            --Addison. [1913 Webster]

              Take fast hold of instruction.        --Pror. iv.
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     2. The authority or ground to take or keep; claim. [1913 Webster]

              The law hath yet another hold on you. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. Binding power and influence.
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              Fear . . . by which God and his laws take the surest hold of.                              --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

     4. Something that may be grasped; means of support. [1913 Webster]

              If a man be upon an high place without rails or good hold, he is ready to fall.            --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

     5. A place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard. [1913 Webster]

              They . . . put them in hold unto the next day.
                                                    --Acts. iv. 3. [1913 Webster]

              King Richard, he is in the mighty hold Of Bolingbroke.                       --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     6. A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle;
        -- often called a {stronghold}. --Chaucer.
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              New comers in an ancient hold         --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     7. (Mus.) A character [thus ?] placed over or under a note or rest, and indicating that it is to be prolonged; -- called also {pause}, and {corona}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Hold \Hold\, v. i.
     In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence: [1913 Webster]

     1. Not to move; to halt; to stop; -- mostly in the imperative. [1913 Webster]

              And damned be him that first cries, "Hold, enough!"
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued. [1913 Webster]

              Our force by land hath nobly held.    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist. [1913 Webster]

              While our obedience holds.            --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              The rule holds in land as all other commodities.
                                                    --Locke. [1913 Webster]

     4. Not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain attached; to cleave; -- often with with, to, or for. [1913 Webster]

              He will hold to the one and despise the other.
                                                    --Matt. vi. 24 [1913 Webster]

     5. To restrain one's self; to refrain.
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              His dauntless heart would fain have held From weeping, but his eyes rebelled.  --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     6. To derive right or title; -- generally with of. [1913 Webster]

              My crown is absolute, and holds of none. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              His imagination holds immediately from nature.
                                                    --Hazlitt. [1913 Webster]

     {Hold on!} {Hold up!} wait; stop; forbear. [Collog] -- {To hold forth}, to speak in public; to harangue; to preach.
        --L'Estrange.

     {To hold in}, to restrain one's self; as, he wanted to laugh and could hardly hold in.

     {To hold off}, to keep at a distance.

     {To hold on}, to keep fast hold; to continue; to go on. "The trade held on for many years," --Swift.

     {To hold out}, to last; to endure; to continue; to maintain one's self; not to yield or give way.

     {To hold over}, to remain in office, possession, etc., beyond a certain date.

     {To hold to} or {To hold with}, to take sides with, as a person or opinion.

     {To hold together}, to be joined; not to separate; to remain in union. --Dryden. --Locke.

     {To hold up}.
        (a) To support one's self; to remain unbent or unbroken; as, to hold up under misfortunes. (b) To cease raining; to cease to stop; as, it holds up.
            --Hudibras.
        (c) To keep up; not to fall behind; not to lose ground.
            --Collier.
            [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Corona \Co*ro"na\ (k?-r?"n?), n.; pl. L. {Coron[ae]} (-n?), E. {Coronas} (-n?z). [L. corona crown. See {Crown}.]
     1. A crown or garland bestowed among the Romans as a reward for distinguished services. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Arch.) The projecting part of a Classic cornice, the under side of which is cut with a recess or channel so as to form a drip. See Illust. of {Column}. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Anat.) The upper surface of some part, as of a tooth or the skull; a crown. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Zool.) The shelly skeleton of a sea urchin. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Astronomy) A peculiar luminous appearance, or aureola, which surrounds the sun, and which is seen only when the sun is totally eclipsed by the moon. [1913 Webster]

     6. (Bot.)
        (a) An inner appendage to a petal or a corolla, often forming a special cup, as in the daffodil and jonquil. (b) Any crownlike appendage at the top of an organ. [1913 Webster]

     7. (Meteorol.)
        (a) A circle, usually colored, seen in peculiar states of the atmosphere around and close to a luminous body, as the sun or moon. (b) A peculiar phase of the {aurora borealis}, formed by the concentration or convergence of luminous beams around the point in the heavens indicated by the direction of the dipping needle. [1913 Webster]

     8. A crown or circlet suspended from the roof or vaulting of churches, to hold tapers lighted on solemn occasions. It is sometimes formed of double or triple circlets, arranged pyramidically. Called also {corona lucis}. --Fairholt. [1913 Webster]

     9. (Mus.) A character [[pause]] called the {pause} or {hold}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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