Containing vs Holding - What's the difference?

containing | holding |

As a verb containing

is .

As a noun containing

is (in the plural) contents.

As a proper noun holding is





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    (en noun)
  • (in the plural) contents
  • * (Herman Melville), Pierre
  • “Any, – all words are thine, Isabel; words and worlds with all their containings , shall be slaves to thee, Isabel.”




    (wikipedia holding) (en noun)
  • Something that one owns, especially stocks and bonds.
  • * 2009 , The Economist, Law and order in Italy: Trouble with figures
  • Italy's right-wing prime minister was about to cure his biggest headache by selling the state's holding in a troubled airline, Alitalia.
  • A determination of law made by a court.
  • A tenure; a farm or other estate held of another.
  • * 1596 , , V. i. 3:
  • Take again / From this my hand, as holding of the Pope / Your sovereign greatness and authority.
  • (obsolete) That which holds, binds, or influences.
  • (Burke)
  • (obsolete) Logic; consistency.
  • * 1598 , , IV. ii. 27:
  • This has no holding , / To swear by him whom I protest to love / That I will work against him.
  • (obsolete) The burden or chorus of a song.
  • * 1598 , , II. vii. 109:
  • Make battery to our ears with the loud music; / The while I'll place you; then the boy shall sing. / The holding every man shall beat as loud / As his strong sides can volley.

    Coordinate terms

    * (determination) finding


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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady. She stood for a moment holding her skirt above the grimy steps,

    Derived terms

    * holding the ball * holding the cards * holding the man * inholding