Holding-pattern



noun
1.
a traffic pattern for aircraft at a specified location (holding point) where they are ordered to remain until permitted to land or proceed.
2.
a state or period in which no progress or change is made or planned.
noun
1.
the oval or circular path of an aircraft flying around an airport awaiting permission to land

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