from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Hold; grip: "I knew I could make it all right if I got . . . back to the hotel and got ahold of that bottle of brandy” ( Jimmy Breslin).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. To bring a ship to lie as near to the windward as it can to get out to sea.
- n. A hold, grip, grasp.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Near the wind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Near the wind, so as to hold or keep to it: as, to lay a ship a-hold.
a- + hold (Wiktionary)