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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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 Missouri responded, tying the game at 39 on an Smith jumper, but Gustafson buried two more inside jumpers to push Iowa ahead 47-41 heading into the fourth. Luke Meredith, The Seattle Times, "Gustafson, Iowa blow past Missouri 68-52," 24 Mar. 2019 Expectation is Belgium will be high heading into the tournament, with the golden generation of players expected to move past their tag as perennial 'dark horses' and make a real go at challenging for the trophy. SI.com, "Belgium Receive Boost Ahead of Huge England Clash as Man City & Barcelona Stars Near Full Fitness," 17 June 2018 The social network looked invulnerable heading into its second-quarter earnings report Wednesday afternoon. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Facebook Is Losing the Best Kind of Friends," 25 July 2018 The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index declined last month at its steepest rate since 2008, the WSJ’s Sharon Nunn and Nick Timiraos write, indicating manufacturing expansion is coming at a slower rate heading into 2019. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: China Bites Apple; Cargo Lost at Sea; Leasing into Freighters," 4 Jan. 2019 Bottom line: This Supreme Court battle infuses a tremendous amount of uncertainty heading into what was looking like a traditional midterm environment — in which the president’s party loses a significant amount of seats. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Supreme Court showdown jolts the 2018 campaign," 28 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 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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