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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Recent Examples on the Web Its fate remained uncertain heading into the fifth special session this week as legislators convened with just three weeks to go until the Nov. 3 election. Torey Van Oot Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Minnesota Senate approves record $1.9 billion infrastructure package," 16 Oct. 2020 The victory gives South a 7-0 record heading into the Cook Inlet Conference championships, which begin Monday with two games at Dimond High and two games at West High. Anchorage Daily News, "Wolverines stay unbeaten and ties are broken on the final night of flag football’s regular season," 16 Oct. 2020 When Vanderbilt has the ball Vanderbilt’s quarterback situation is still unknown as Mason has declined to name a starter heading into Week 1. Hannah Underwood, Dallas News, "Texas A&M prediction: Will Aggies start strong vs. Vanderbilt after offseason opt-outs and injuries?," 24 Sep. 2020 Murray plowed in for a pair of short rushing touchdowns of his own, and the Saints led 35-21 heading in the fourth quarter. Jeff Nowak, NOLA.com, "Alvin Kamara resetting Saints record book: See franchise records he hit with TD vs. Lions," 4 Oct. 2020 Presidential politics, especially during the primary phase, involves many activities that fit under the heading of superspreading. WSJ, "It’s No Surprise When Someone Gets Covid," 2 Oct. 2020 The Mean Green were the favorite heading into the C-USA tournament, which was wiped out by the COIVD-19 pandemic. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "UNT picks up basketball commitment from Oklahoma forward," 15 Sep. 2020 Most human spacecraft carry only enough rocket fuel to change their heading by a few tenths of a degree to the left or right. Terry Virts, Wired, "How to Leave Space and (Safely) Crash Back Down to Earth," 15 Sep. 2020 Nonetheless, the Browns have been drama-free heading into the season. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "What can the Cleveland Browns deliver this season? How about a likable team? – Terry Pluto," 12 Sep. 2020

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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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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Heading.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heading. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce heading (audio)

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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