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abacus a device used to make arithmetic calculations, consisting of a frame with parallel rods or grooves that hold movable counters such as beads.
academic freedom in educational institutions, the freedom of a teacher to teach, of a student to learn, and of both to discuss and hold opinions, esp. about social, political, and moral issues, without arbitrary interference or reprisals by school or public officials, organized groups, or the like.
adhere to follow or hold to closely (usu. fol. by to). [1/3 definitions]
admire to hold in high esteem; respect. [1/2 definitions]
anchor to hold steady, as with an anchor. [1/7 definitions]
aquifer a bed of rock, sand, or gravel that can hold great quantities of water and supplies it to wells and springs.
armlock a wrestling hold in which one uses an arm and hand to lock an opponent's arm at the elbow.
arrest to attract and keep hold of. [1/6 definitions]
autoclave a container made to hold superheated steam under pressure, used for sterilizing medical instruments or the like or for cooking. [1/2 definitions]
backlog to hold back for future processing or completion. [1/3 definitions]
bag a flexible container, usu. made of cloth, paper, or leather, and used to hold things; sack; pouch. [1/11 definitions]
bagful the amount that a bag can or does hold. [1/2 definitions]
balance to bring into or hold in a state of equilibrium. [1/8 definitions]
ballast heavy material placed in the hold of a boat or ship to make it more stable. [1/4 definitions]
bandbox a usu. cylindrical box of cardboard or thin wood, used to hold a hat or other clothing items.
barrel the quantity that such a vessel can hold, used as a unit of capacity, varying from thirty-one to forty-two gallons in the United States. (abbr.: bbl.) [1/6 definitions]
basin an open, shallow container used to hold liquids, used esp. for washing. [1/6 definitions]
basting sewing done by stitching loosely to temporarily hold material in place. [1/2 definitions]
bear1 to support or hold up. [1/8 definitions]
bellyband a girth or cinch around the belly of an animal, such as the band used to hold a saddle on a horse.
binder any of various substances that hold loose substances together. [1/4 definitions]