head·ing | \ ˈhe-diŋ \

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

Suggs looks unusually sleek heading into his 16th NFL season. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens notes: Harbaugh downplays impact of lost OTA workouts," 12 June 2018 For five innings, Seattle hitters were flummoxed by former Mariner Doug Fister, who was working on a one-hitter heading into the sixth inning. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Marco Gonzales continues to be sharp as Mariners open series with win vs. Rangers," 28 May 2018 An eating tour starting at the building’s north end and heading south: 1. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "The ultimate Ferry Building food tour: 16 things to eat and drink inside the Ferry Building," 9 Mar. 2018 But the venue is still drawing big shows for the fall and heading into spring next year. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "Metallica books huge Cleveland show, but it's really expensive," 26 Feb. 2018 With the Spurs ahead 97-96 heading into the final minute, Anderson had the ball stolen by Mitchell, who raced the other way for a go-ahead dunk. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs blow a lead, and their chance," 13 Feb. 2018 Much of that was a credit to the Bulls' youthful athleticism and energy after the Rockets shot to a 21-point first quarter lead, only to Chicago to reduce the lead to as few as three and to be within 60-55 heading into the second half. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets bounce back in win over Bulls," 8 Jan. 2018 Boykin, who had only had nine catches for 151 yards and a score heading into this game, finished the day with a team-high three receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football: Citrus Bowl MVP Miles Boykin proves Brian Kelly right," 1 Jan. 2018 Four under par heading into the weekend, Johnson is the only player in red numbers in this major championship and has recent history on his side. Sam Farmer, latimes.com, "Dustin Johnson takes four-shot lead into the weekend at U.S. Open," 16 June 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 \

Kids Definition of heading

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

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