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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Safer Than Most Teams that are standing on solid ground and looking strong heading into Selection Sunday. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Bubble Watch: How Each Team on the Edge Can Secure a Spot in NCAA Tournament Field," 6 Mar. 2018 Washington loomed as a little bit of a potential problem for Seattle because the two teams don’t play and Washington had a better conference record heading into the day. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Seahawks’ playoff chances just keep getting better and better," 3 Dec. 2018 The 4-5 favorite heading into the race led wire-to-wire in the 150th edition of the race on Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Triple Crown 2018: Here are the payouts for Justify's Belmont win," 9 June 2018 Kowar is 9-4 this season with a 3.21 ERA heading into Monday's 1 p.m. start against Florida Atlantic in the Gainesville Regional. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "How the Florida Gators can make history in the 2018 MLB Draft," 4 June 2018 WAUKESHA - Police found the car, but had a harder time finding the driver following a high-speed pursuit through the city heading into Memorial Day weekend. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha police say she led them on a high-speed chase. She says it was someone who looked like her," 30 May 2018 Even after the Rockets began to score, the Warriors still led by 12 with less than two minutes left in the first quarter and for the second consecutive game, by nine heading into the second quarter. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets rally in thrilling fourth quarter, hold off Warriors to even series," 22 May 2018 Embiid was fifth in the league in turnovers at 3.8 per game heading into Sunday night’s NBA action Simmons was eighth at 3.5. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers' Brett Brown stands by statement about youth causing turnovers," 18 Mar. 2018 Norfolk Southern spokesman Jim Glass said the westbound train heading from northern New Jersey to Chicago consisted of three locomotives and 57 loaded intermodal rail cars, and was 7,687 feet long and weighed 4,838 tons. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Chaotic Pittsburgh freight train derailment blocks light rail tracks," 5 Aug. 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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