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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hold-downverb

    a limitation or constraint

    "taxpayers want a hold-down on government spending"

  2. hold downverb


    "She manages to hold down two jobs"

  3. hold downverb


    "please hold down the noise so that the neighbors can sleep"


  1. hold downverb

    To restrain; to check.

  2. hold downverb

    To continue, to hold and to manage well.


  1. hold down

    Hold down generally refers to the act of preventing something or someone from moving, progressing, or rising. It can be used literally, such as physically restraining someone, or metaphorically, such as suppressing someone's potential or achievement. It can also refer to securing or fastening an object tightly to prevent it from moving.


  1. Hold down

    Holdown or tie-down in structural engineering refers to the steel device or hardware that is installed at the end of a plywood shear wall. The holdowns provide uplift resistance against the overturning moment imposed on the wall due to "in-plane" lateral load applied at the top of the wall. A hold-down may also refer to clamping device used to anchor a pipe to a structural steel element or concrete floor or allow movement of the pipe in an axial direction. At the bottom, the holdown is connected to the concrete foundation or structural slab by an embedded or epoxied anchor bolt. At the top, the holdown is connected to a wood post with screws, nails or bolts.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hold down in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hold down in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of hold down in a Sentence

  1. Edward Welniak:

    What we see there then is this increase in households at the lower end of the income distribution tended to hold down median household income.

  2. Kirstin Houser:

    There are just too many bells and whistles on the steering column, either to push, pull, scroll, hold down, release, etc. By the time I remember which one to use, there's already a row of cars behind me honking to park my car, safe driving, and also understanding the general mechanics of a car, are so engrained in the way we drive that it's hard to separate that and allow our car to make those judgments.

  3. Diana Scolaro:

    You have to know what it's like to hold down a child and hear them scream so you can stick a tube down their nose. It's one thing to do that when you know you'll have a success at the end, but for Julianna, there is no success, we pulled her from death's door so many times last year, but she's sicker now than she was then, and I don't think we could pull her through another big crisis.

  4. Cam Talbot:

    This is a team where we knew they weren’t going to stop coming, tonight, we were able to hold down the fort. Quality over quantity tonight, but in our zone, we battled. It was a grind, but those are the kind of games you have to win on the road in a hostile environment.

Translations for hold down

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  • unterdrucken, sich halten in, niederhalten, haltenGerman
  • mantenerse, detener, seguir, retener, sujetar, conservarSpanish
  • maintenir à terre, baisserFrench
  • féken tart, lefog, betöltHungarian
  • удержаться, удерживать, угнетать, подавлятьRussian

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