head·​room | \ ˈhed-ˌrüm How to pronounce headroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m\

Definition of headroom

: vertical space in which to stand, sit, or move

Examples of headroom in a Sentence

He's looking for a car with a lot of headroom.

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Loose-Fill Insulation Loose-fill insulation is great for installing in attics with very little headroom and multiple obstructions such as vents and cross-beams. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Choose the Attic Insulation Your Home Needs," 13 Jan. 2019 The seat is higher, so there’s less headroom, and feet and knees are higher than the midrow seats, too. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Auto review: 2017 Cadillac Escalade full-size SUV comes up short," 12 Sep. 2017 The interior is comfortable, and normal-sized adults in the back seat won't have any reason to hold a grudge, even with the panoramic moonroof reducing the amount of headroom available. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Good drive, good value: The Jeep Compass Latitude reviewed," 29 Nov. 2018 Foot room is at a premium, legroom is so-so, though headroom is pretty good. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "2018 Stelvio rounds out the Alfa Romeo lineup," 12 July 2018 In other words: if 3840x2160 resolution isn't good enough for you, the RTX 2080 Ti has jaggy- and edge-smoothing headroom in its $1,200 pants. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti review: A tale of two very expensive graphics cards," 19 Sep. 2018 Maximum Braking Capability 2017 Jeep Renegade View 156 Photos Interior Space Comparisons Without a sunroof, the Renegade is one of the only vehicles in the segment to surpass 40 inches of headroom in both the front and rear rows. Car and Driver, "2018 Jeep Renegade," 7 Mar. 2018 The cabin also has great headroom and visibility, unlike the cramped feeling in most subcompact crossovers. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2017 Chevy Bolt is a good car with great implications," 22 May 2017 Those cuts, if enacted, would create plenty of budgetary headroom for Tax Reform 2.0. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s middle-class tax cut is a fairy tale that distracts from the real midterm stakes," 24 Oct. 2018

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1762, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of headroom

: the space between the top of your head and a ceiling or roof when you are standing or sitting

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