holdfast

  • 1Holdfast — Hold fast , n. 1. Something used to secure and hold in place something else, as a long flat headed nail, a catch a hook, a clinch, a clamp, etc.; hence, a support. His holdfast was gone. Bp. Montagu. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A conical or… …

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  • 2holdfast — index connection (fastening) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 3holdfast — [hōld′fast΄] n. 1. the act of holding fast 2. any of various devices that hold something else in place; hook, nail, clamp, etc. 3. Bot. a part of certain rootless plants, as some algae, used to attach the plant to a surface 4. Zool. an organ of a …

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  • 4Holdfast — A holdfast is a root like structure that anchors aquatic sessile organisms, such as seaweed, other sessile algae, stalked crinoids, colonial cnidarians, and sponges, to the substrate. [cite book |author=D. N. Thomas |year=2002 |title=Seaweeds… …

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  • 5holdfast — hold·fast hōl(d) .fast n an organ by which a parasitic animal (as a tapeworm) attaches itself to its host * * * hold·fast (hōldґfast) a mass of material secreted by a cell or organism by which it is attached to a substrate or surface; called …

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  • 6holdfast — see Brag is a good dog, but Holdfast is better …

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  • 7holdfast — noun Date: 1566 1. something to which something else may be firmly secured 2. a. a part by which a plant clings to a flat surface b. an organ by which a parasitic animal attaches itself to its host …

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  • 8holdfast — 1) small hooks on the anal fin of male tetras (Hyphessobrycon, Characidae) thought to be used during mating to help grasp the female 2) structures, e.g. tendrils, on the egg cases of Chondrichthyes that anchor them to the sea bed …

    Dictionary of ichthyology

  • 9holdfast — A structure produced by some bacteria and algae that attaches the cell to a solid object …

    Dictionary of microbiology

  • 10holdfast — /hohld fast , fahst /, n. 1. something used to hold or secure a thing in place; a catch, hook, clamp, etc. 2. Bot., Mycol. any of several rootlike or suckerlike organs or parts serving for attachment. [1550 60; n. use of v. phrase hold fast] * *… …

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  • 11holdfast — noun a) Something to or by which an object can be securely fastened. b) A root like structure that anchors aquatic sessile organisms, such as seaweed, other sessile algae, stalked crinoids, benthic cnidarians, and sponges, to the substrate …

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  • 12holdfast — n. device that holds or secures an object in place; hook; clamp; (Botany) branching or conical body that attaches seaweed or other aquatic plant to the surface; strong solid grasp …

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  • 13holdfast — noun 1》 a staple or clamp securing an object. 2》 Biology a stalked organ by which a simple aquatic organism attaches itself to a substrate …

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  • 14holdfast — n. Catch, hook, fastening …

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  • 15holdfast — hold•fast [[t]ˈhoʊldˌfæst, ˌfɑst[/t]] n. 1) something used to hold or secure a thing in place 2) bot fng any of several rootlike or suckerlike parts of a plant or fungus serving for attachment • Etymology: 1550–60 …

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  • 16holdfast — /ˈhoʊldfast/ (say hohldfahst) noun 1. something used to hold or secure a thing in place; a catch, hook, or clamp. 2. Botany any of several sucker like organs serving to attach a plant to something …

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  • 17holdfast — n. 1 a firm grasp. 2 a staple or clamp securing an object to a wall etc. 3 the attachment organ of an alga etc …

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  • 18holdfast organ — holdfast …

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  • 19holdfast organelle — holdfast …

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  • 20Holdfast Bay — is a small bay in Gulf St Vincent, next to Adelaide, South Australia. Along its shores lie the City of Holdfast Bay and the popular beach side suburb of Glenelg.European settlementThe bay was named by Colonel William Light, South Australian… …

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