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TO HOLD. These words are now used in a deed to express by what tenure the grantee is to have the land. The clause which commences with these words is called the tenendum. Vide Habendum; Tenendum.
     2. To hold, also means to decide, to adjudge, to decree; as, the court in that case held that the husband was not liable for the contract of the wife, made without his express or implied authority.
     3. It also signifies to bind under a contract, as the obligor is held and firmly bound. In the constitution of the United States, it is provided, that no person held to service or labor in one state under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up on the claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due. Art. 4, sec. 3, Sec. 3; 2 Serg. & R. 306; 3 Id. 4; 5 Id. 52; 1 Wash. C. C. R. 500; 2 Pick. 11; 16 Pet. 539, 674.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Some scientists, however, don't think any part of Bednarik's theory holds water. Stone Age folk 800,000 years ago didn't make long-range plans, talk to one another, or form cultural groups, so they couldn't have organized efforts to build rafts and row to islands, contends archaeologist Iain Davidson of the University of New England in Australia.
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Topographically, Bradwell Bay has been described as a huge, irregularly shaped saucer, one that easily holds water. Because of its large size and shape--more than 30 square miles--it has been classified as a basin swamp.