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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stronghold  \Strong"hold`\,  n. 
  A  fastness;  a  fort  or  fortress;  fortfield  place  a  place  of 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Hold  \Hold\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  holding,  as  in  or  with  the  hands  or  arms;  the 
  manner  of  holding,  whether  firm  or  loose;  seizure;  grasp; 
  clasp;  gripe;  possession;  --  often  used  with  the  verbs 
  take  and  lay. 
  Ne  have  I  not  twelve  pence  within  mine  hold 
  Thou  should'st  lay  hold  upon  him  --B.  Jonson 
  My  soul  took  hold  on  thee.  --Addison. 
  Take  fast  hold  of  instruction.  --Pror.  iv 
  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; 
  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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  a  strongly  fortified  place  [syn:  {fastness}] 

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