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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Greene suffered a dislocated knee cap and tore ligaments in his ACL and PCL in his left knee during practice heading into week five. Branson Wright, cleveland.com, "DJ Greene’s return from injury gives Notre Dame College dynamic backfield duo," 31 Aug. 2019 With star forward Nani staying home in Orlando for the match, the team’s biggest question heading into the game centered around who would step up to create on the offensive end. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Robinho creates opportunities immediately in first start for Orlando City," 20 July 2019 Bernal has also proved stronger than Thomas, who threw his weight behind the Colombian heading into the penultimate stage. orlandosentinel.com, "At 22, Colombia’s Egan Bernal poised to win first Tour de France," 27 July 2019 And with just 28 quality starts to the team’s credit heading into the weekend — second fewest in the NL — Black stressed the need for the rotation to take the pressure off a bullpen that has been taxed. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Breaking down the Rockies’ revised pitching formula for second-half success," 14 July 2019 The last stop on the shuttle bus is Camden Station, where passengers can continue their commute on the light rail heading south. Brittany Brown, baltimoresun.com, "Just how hard is to get downtown on Light Rail amid Baltimore street collapse? Riders give mixed reviews.," 13 July 2019 Port officials estimate for every two minutes of delay each truck has to spend at the crossing, a 17-mile traffic jam will be created on the M20 highway heading to the port. Costas Paris, WSJ, "U.K. Finds a Faulty Shipping Safety Net for Brexit," 8 Jan. 2019 Following its disastrous start, Miami has played close to .500 baseball over its past 46 games, posting a 22-24 record heading into the MLB All-Star break. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Midseason breakdown — What went right for the Marlins in the first half," 8 July 2019 Both the Diamondbacks and the Rockies were sitting at .500 heading into Sunday's series finale. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "With sweep of Rockies, Diamondbacks head into All-Star break on slight upswing," 7 July 2019

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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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