from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic A wood or grove; a copse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small piece of woodland or a woody hill; a copse.
- n. The lair of an animal, especially of an otter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 3d pers. sing. pres. of hold, contr. from holdeth.
- n. A piece of woodland; especially, a woody hill.
- n. A deep hole in a river where there is protection for fish; also, a cover, a hole, or hiding place.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wood or woodland; a grove; an orchard.
- n. A hole; a burrow; specifically, a deep hole in a river for the protection of fish.
- n. A dialectal variant of hold.
- n. A contracted form of holdeth, third person singular present indicative of hold.
Chaucer -- for he knew that "smalè foulès" shelter in the "hethe" as well as in the "holt" -- among broom and bracken, and heath and rushes.
Everybody on the border in those days used to steal, and their best "holt," as we say, was cattle.
Riley's best "holt" as a poet was his memory of his own boyhood and his perception that the child-mind lingers in every adult reader.
At length, in spite of his antagonist's agility, the bear managed to get his "holt," and puss, wrapped in his strong arms, was practically whipped; not without protest -- she was a "last-ditch" warrior.
Livy laid her japonica, down to get a better "holt" for kissing -- which Susie presently perceived, and became thoughtful: then said sorrowfully, turning the great deeps of her eyes upon her mother: "Don't you care for you wow?"
A woodpecker called loudly in the beech wood; a "wish-wish" in the air overhead was caused by the swift motion of a wood-pigeon passing from "holt" to "hurst," from copse to copse.
It is well known that if you seize a deer by this "holt" the skin will slip off like the peel from
It is well known that if you seize a deer by this "holt" the skin will slip off like the peel from a banana -- This reprehensible practice was carried so far that the traveler is now hourly pained by the sight of peeled-tail deer mournfully sneaking about the wood.
25D: Burrow: rabbit:: holt: _____ (otter) - I know "holt" only from the opening of "Canterbury Tales," but I don't remember OTTERs being involved.
Yet with iTunes, it grinds to a holt as soon as I attempt to do anything.