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

Schwarz is still listed as day-to-day heading into the College World Series. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Florida is back in the College World Series after this dramatic walk-off home run," 12 June 2018 The rest of the season is a chance for Fox to cement his place as the leader on the court heading into the summer. Jason Jones, sacbee, "'I've become a lot smarter': How De'Aaron Fox can make the most of Kings' final games | The Sacramento Bee," 1 Apr. 2018 The conference Kentucky has dominated over the years and the one where Florida was the favorite heading into the 2017-18 season. Shelby Mast And Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "NCAA tournament bracketology: How Auburn is a No. 1 seed, Tennessee a No. 2 seed," 7 Feb. 2018 The Mavericks trailed by as much as 10 in the second half and were down 85-81 heading into the fourth before opening the final period on a 16-0 run. Michael Wagaman, star-telegram, "Mavericks rally past Kings to snap 5-game slide," 4 Feb. 2018 Worst case The questions surrounding the Irish heading into the fall are mainly on offense. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Best- and worst-case scenarios for Notre Dame football in 2018," 2 July 2018 With a 55-28 record heading into Friday night's game in Tampa Bay, the Astros have the second-best record in all of baseball and are on pace to win a club-record 107 games. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Grading Astros players at the midseason," 29 June 2018 On Sunday, White House officials lashed out at Trudeau, calling him a backstabber and accusing him of trying to make Trump look weak heading into the summit with North Korea. latimes.com, "Today: The Road to Singapore," 11 June 2018 Rodriguez is versatile in his position and has sometimes been used as a centre back due to his good heading abilities and tactical awareness. SI.com, "Why Ricardo Rodriguez Could Be the Signing Tottenham Hotspur Need to Improve Their Squad," 9 July 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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