head·way | \ˈhed-ˌwā \

Definition of headway 

1a : motion or rate of motion in a forward direction

b : advance, progress

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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Overall, shootings and homicides are still outpacing 2015 and 2014 levels of violence, as some communities scattered mostly through the West and Southwest sides continue to struggle to make headway, the Tribune has reported. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "McCarthy crime plan: Remove politics, Emanuel's meddling from Police Department," 9 July 2018 That includes taking pressure off residential property taxpayers and making headway on improving the East Ogden Avenue corridor, Chirico said. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico to run for re-election in 2019," 2 July 2018 But until now, their efforts hadn’t made headway, and bills never made it to the floor for a vote. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Pension and a paycheck? State may loosen ‘double dipping’ rules," 31 May 2018 Congress failed to make headway on immigration issues earlier this year, and the urgency to resolve DACA recipients’ status faded when Trump’s effort to end the Obama-era program became entangled in the courts. Gayle Putrich, San Francisco Chronicle, "California Republicans close to forcing vote on DACA bills in House," 17 May 2018 With many markets struggling to make headway, the gains in Southern Europe look good. Richard Barley, WSJ, "The Surprising Winners in Stormy Markets," 16 Apr. 2018 While the agency has made headway, there are still shortfalls. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, "Veterans Affairs failures go beyond ousted secretary David Shulkin," 29 Mar. 2018 When last year's talks made little headway, Trump in August ordered Lighthizer to investigate whether China was discriminating against U.S. companies with its intellectual property practices. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "President Trump to announce trade actions against China, including tariffs of around $50B," 21 Mar. 2018 The Green Wave have made some headway, with a 14-14 record after last season's 6-25 disaster. Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bearcats can clinch AAC basketball title share with win at Tulane," 28 Feb. 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 \

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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