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

Hold \Hold\ (h[=o]ld), noun

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.

Ne have I not twelve pence within mine hold. --Chaucer.

Thou should'st lay hold upon him. --B. Jonson.

My soul took hold on thee. --Addison.

Take fast hold of instruction. --Pror. iv. 13.

2. The authority or ground to take or keep; claim.

The law hath yet another hold on you. --Shak.

3. Binding power and influence.

Fear . . . by which God and his laws take the surest hold of. --Tillotson.

4. Something that may be grasped; means of support.

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

5. A place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard.

They . . . put them in hold unto the next day. --Acts. iv. 3.

King Richard, he is in the mighty hold Of Bolingbroke. --Shak.

6. A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; -- often called a {stronghold}. --Chaucer.

New comers in an ancient hold --Tennyson.

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}.

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

Stronghold \Strong"hold'\, noun A fastness; a fort or fortress; fortfield place; a place of security.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a strongly fortified defensive structure [syn: {stronghold}, {fastness}]

1. Caduceus  2. Golden Key  3. Scales of Justice (Or maybe, 1. HEALTH 2. SECURITY 3. JUSTICE?)


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