head·​ing | \ ˈhe-diŋ How to pronounce heading (audio) \

Definition of heading

1a : something that forms or serves as a head especially : an inscription, headline, or title standing at the top or beginning (as of a letter or chapter)
b : the address and date at the beginning of a letter showing its place and time of origin
2 : the compass direction in which the longitudinal axis of a ship or aircraft points broadly : direction

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Examples of heading in a Sentence

What is your current heading? We organized all the recipes under different subject headings. His paintings usually fall under the heading of realism.
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While Democrats wage a wide open primary , President Donald Trump is blanketing battleground states with online advertising that could help set the narrative heading into the 2020 campaign. Brian Slodysko, Fortune, "Trump Has Spent $10 Million on 2020 Digital Ads in Battleground States," 13 June 2019 Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press The Detroit Lions signed rookies Will Harris and Travis Fulgham on Monday, and now have their entire draft class under contract heading into this week's mandatory minicamp. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions sign 2019 draft picks Will Harris, Travis Fulgham," 4 June 2019 SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Allen breaks down what the Blues must change heading into Game 4 after losing 7-2 in Game 3 to the Bruins. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Stanley Cup Final: Who's on the Mount Rushmore as the all-time best for the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues?," 2 June 2019 Damian Lillard had headed into the break by outscoring the Warriors and spent the next stretch of the game doing it again, pushing the lead to 13 heading into the final six minutes. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Team LeBron tops Team Stephen in competitive NBA All-Star game," 18 Feb. 2018 One of the big unknowns for U.S. economic growth heading into the presidential election year needs to be sorted out by lawmakers in the coming months: the path for government spending. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Spending Battle Clouds Outlook for U.S. Growth," 7 Apr. 2019 That made Brown a natural target for the GOP heading into the midterms, but his opponent, Republican Rep. Jim Renacci, never really made Brown — who led consistently in all public polling — sweat. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Sherrod Brown reelected to US Senate: old-time labor liberalism triumphs over Ohio’s rightward drift," 7 Nov. 2018 Couturier was third in the NHL heading into Saturday night…..Michael Raffl had his first two-point game since Dec. 4. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Flyers will meet hated Penguins in playoffs; can they contain Sidney Crosby?," 8 Apr. 2018 But there are other signs that things are still dire for the GOP heading into the midterms. Alex Shephard, New Republic, "The midterms are still shaping up to be a bloodbath for Republicans.," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of heading

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of heading was in 1650

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English Language Learners Definition of heading

: the direction in which a ship or aircraft points
: a word, phrase, etc., that is placed at the beginning of a document, passage, etc., or at the top of a page
: a name or label used for a group of people or things


head·​ing | \ ˈhe-diŋ How to pronounce heading (audio) \

Kids Definition of heading

: something (as a title or an address) at the top or beginning (as of a letter)

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