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 Saturday Night Live is going to look a lot different heading into its 47th season. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 27 Sep. 2021 The tower gave Chapman a heading of 120 degrees, a course that should have steered the plane to the Chesapeake Bay, 13 minutes away. Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2021 Clayton Valley-Concord is prepared and maybe even hoping for the worst heading into Saturday night’s game at Monterey Trail-Elk Grove (0-4). Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Sep. 2021 In the 1920s, Reverchon debuted a baseball field, which can be spotted on the right heading northbound on Dallas North Tollway. Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2021 Traditionally, trading is often choppier than normal heading into these days, with higher trading volume, too. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 It’s not only the defense that’s healthy heading into the game. cleveland, 6 Sep. 2021 After naming Hudson Card the starter heading into the season, Sarkisian had a change of heart with Card struggling away at Arkansas. Dallas News, 21 Sep. 2021 Sanders has led Jackson State to a 2-0 record heading into Saturday's game against Louisiana-Monroe. Erik Hall, USA TODAY, 17 Sep. 2021

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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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23 Oct 2021

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“Heading.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heading. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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