Definitions for: Holdfast


[n] restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place



Webster (1913) Definition: Hold"fast`, n.
1. Something used to secure and hold in place something else,
as a long fiat-headed nail, a catch a hook, a clinch, a
clamp, etc.; hence, a support. ``His holdfast was gone.''
--Bp. Montagu.

2. (Bot.) A conical or branching body, by which a seaweed is
attached to its support, and differing from a root in that
it is not specially absorbent of moisture.

Synonyms: fastener, fastening, fixing

See Also: bellyband, buckle, button, carabiner, catch, clasp, cleat, clip, clothes peg, clothes pin, clothespin, constraint, corrugated fastener, cottar, cotter, cringle, dowel, dowel pin, eyelet, fillet, grommet, grummet, hook and eye, joggle, karabiner, knot, lashing, link, linkup, lock, locker, loop, nail, nut and bolt, paper fastener, pin, press stud, restraint, screw, seal, sealing wax, slide fastener, snap fastener, snap ring, stopping, tie, tie-in, wiggle nail, zip, zip-fastener, zipper

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