Meaning of HOLDING in English
n. 1 a land held by lease (cf. SMALLHOLDING). b the tenure of land. 2 stocks, property, etc. held. holding company a company created to hold the shares of other companies, which it then controls. holding operation a manoeuvre designed to maintain the status quo.
Concise Oxford English dictionary. Краткий оксфордский словарь английского языка. 2012