head·​way | \ ˈhed-ˌwā How to pronounce headway (audio) \

Definition of headway

1a : motion or rate of motion in a forward direction
2 : headroom (as under an arch) sufficient to allow passage
3 : the time interval between two vehicles traveling in the same direction on the same route

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Examples of headway in a Sentence

the ant was making little headway carrying a crumb that was about five times his size

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After nearly 21 minutes of neither team making any headway offensively, FCC scored first as forward Fernendo Adi put it home after stealing the ball from LouCity defender Paco Craig. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City FC falls to rival FC Cincinnati in extra time in U.S. Open Cup," 12 June 2019 The Pac-12 continues to try and make headway in the College Football Playoff with standouts like Washington and Washington State falling short in 2018. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "Three questions facing the Pac-12 this offseason," 5 June 2019 Decision-making could be further hampered after EU elections in May. Anti-EU parties are widely expected to make headway in the European Parliament. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "Europe’s Political Funk Sets Back Its Economy," 23 Jan. 2019 There has been little headway in North Korean denuclearization talks since the June summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "U.S. Blacklists Russian, Chinese Firms It Says Aided North Korean Shipments," 15 Aug. 2018 Those sessions failed to make much headway in resolving differences between the government, the military, and ethnic rebel groups seeking greater autonomy. The Christian Science Monitor, "Myanmar opens peace conference with ethnic rebel groups," 11 July 2018 Their negotiators had failed to make much headway in working-level meetings before the meeting, leaving Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim with little common ground ahead of what could be months or even years of talks. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Trump and Kim See New Chapter for Nations After Summit," 11 June 2018 The issue has become contentious enough that legislators have introduced bills to stop airlines from further shrinking seat and leg room, but so far those have failed to make much headway. Chris Morris, Fortune, "The FAA May Put An End to Shrinking Airline Seats and Cramped Leg Room," 26 Feb. 2018 Multiple sources have told me that Biegun has struggled to make any headway and is effectively powerless at this point. Alex Ward, Vox, "North Korea is still building missiles despite Trump’s optimism.," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of headway

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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head·​way | \ ˈhed-ˌwā How to pronounce headway (audio) \

Kids Definition of headway

1 : movement in a forward direction (as of a ship)
2 : progress entry 1 sense 2 Have you made any headway on your project?

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