head·​way ˈhed-ˌwā How to pronounce headway (audio)
: motion or rate of motion in a forward direction
: headroom (as under an arch) sufficient to allow passage
: the time interval between two vehicles traveling in the same direction on the same route

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of headway was in 1730

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“Headway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headway. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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head·​way -ˌwā How to pronounce headway (audio)
: motion forward

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