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Definition of holdfast:

  1. A conical or branching body, by which a seaweed is attached to its support, and differing from a root in that it is not specially absorbent of moisture.
  2. Something used to secure and hold in place something else, as a long fiat- headed nail, a catch a hook, a clinch, a clamp, etc.; hence, a support.

Synonyms:

attachment, fastening, fixture, repair, mend, mending, fixing, reparation, neutering, fastener, altering, fix, fixation.

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