Definition of holding pattern noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


holding pattern

BrE BrE//ˈhəʊldɪŋ pætn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhoʊldɪŋ pætərn//
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the route that a plane travels while it is flying above an airport waiting for permission to land
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: holding pattern