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

Examples of headway in a Sentence

the ant was making little headway carrying a crumb that was about five times his size
Recent Examples on the Web Biden has repeatedly underlined a desire to unify the country after four years with a divisive Trump at the helm, but so far, he's made little headway. Kendall Karson, ABC News, 28 Mar. 2021 To Bar-Zeev, bridging those divides is paramount in order to make headway against Covid-19. Eric Boodman, STAT, 10 Nov. 2021 Herbert’s opus, forged out of the Cold War and dawning environmental dread, begat a cottage industry of sequels but has before now made curiously little headway into wider popular culture. Jake Coyle, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Oct. 2021 In other key foreign policy areas — among them, diplomacy with North Korea and efforts to ease Arab-Israeli tensions — Gen. Powell made little headway even inside the administration. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2021 In Morocco, the moderate Islamists made little headway on any agendas of their own, with key ministries like foreign affairs and industry being controlled by other parties. New York Times, 8 Sep. 2021 But membership in the United Mine Workers of America plummeted; continued strikes cost the UMWA millions and made little headway toward their goals of changing coal company policies. Abby Lee Hood, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Aug. 2021 Six rounds of talks in Vienna since Biden took office have made little headway. Arsalan Shahla, Bloomberg.com, 21 June 2021 International diplomacy to end the weeklong war that has killed hundreds appeared to make little headway. Fox News, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of headway

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Headway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headway. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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