Definition of holding ground in English:

holding ground

noun

Nautical
  • An area of seabed where an anchor will hold.

    • ‘There was 35 feet of water and real good holding ground, but it was pretty exposed.’
    • ‘In July 1941 the Rosalie Moller was overhauled, loaded with almost 5000 tons of best Welsh coal, and sent off to Alexandria, eventually dropping anchor in good holding ground to the west of Gobal Island.’
    • ‘Anchors dug in after the first blast were torn out of their holding ground with the wind shift.’
    • ‘It was used as a holding ground for larger ships, some up to 400 feet in length.’
    • ‘That looks like good holding ground,’ said Toby, pointing to a square-shaped rock below, thickly grown with weed.’