holding-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: assets or property owned, e.g., land, money, stocks

Commentary: HOLDING[+property][+owned][+land/+money]
NOTE: usually occurs in the plural

The bank's holdings exceed ten billion dollars nationwide.
John is reviewing his financial holdings with his accountant next week.
The farmers have leased their holdings from the duke for ten years.
I have another holding at that bank in the form of a nine-month CD.
The analyst is researching the holding company of those three firms.

PropBank: holding.01,holding.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 2: the state of being retained

Commentary: HOLDING[+state][+retention]

Most new cars have several holding devices for drinks.
The goats are in their holding pen for the night.
The defendant has been kept in a holding cell during the trial.

PropBank: holding.13
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 3: illegal retention of the ball in sports

Commentary: HOLDING[+action][+retention][+illegal][+ball][+sports]

The player was penalized for holding.
The coach disputed that his player had been holding the ball.

PropBank: holding.01
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: a legal ruling by a court

Commentary: HOLDING[+ruling][+legal]

The court's holding was that this instance was a case of unlawful seizure.
The attorneys are reviewing several past holdings of the circuit court that could bear on their case.

PropBank: holding.14
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 4