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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Holdfast  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  holdfast 
  n  :  attaches  to  something  or  holds  something  in  place  [syn:  {fastener}, 
  {fastening}] 




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