Back then, people with psychiatric disorders were sometimes thought to be victims of demonic possession.
How long hath this possession held the man?
(sports) Control of the ball; the opportunity to be on the offensive.
The scoreboard shows a little football symbol next to the name of the team that has possession.
2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton”, in BBC:
Their first half was marred by the entire side playing too deep, completely unable to build up any form of decent possession once the ball left their bewildered defence.
(linguistics) A syntactic relationship between two nouns or nominals that may be used to indicate ownership.
Some languages distinguish between a construction like 'my car', which shows alienable possession — the car could become someone else's — and one like 'my foot', which has inalienable possession — my foot will always be mine.
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