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
Recent Examples on the Web The second largest operating system in India is the iOS system from Apple, a company that has long struggled to make headway in the Indian market. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Tech firms in India coalesce around a common foe: Google’s ‘monopoly’," 6 Oct. 2020 Poptimism is clearly making headway: more rap, more Robyn, more Shakira, more Lady Gaga. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, "The Futility of Rolling Stone’s Best-Albums List," 2 Oct. 2020 The group was making headway, but the outcome still wasn’t clear. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "TikTok’s Zero Hour: Haggling With Trump, Doubts in China and a Deal in Limbo," 21 Sep. 2020 But the right-hander is making great headway, opening the door to a possible return in 2020. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF football preview: Knights hope experience helps them win AAC," 8 Sep. 2020 Many leaders, such as Botswana's president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, clearly came wanting to make headway on other major issues like climate change. Peter Prengaman, Star Tribune, "The other issues: Pandemic focus at UN pushes out key topics," 25 Sep. 2020 But this deal feels like it’s about the data center, specifically how to help Nvidia eliminate or seriously constrain Intel’s headway in the chips inside the servers that host the internet, our mobile apps, and pretty much everything else out there. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "When it comes to A.I., worry about ‘job churn’ instead of ‘job loss’," 15 Sep. 2020 As secretary, she has been credited with helping states expand programs but has struggled to make headway on federal legislation. Collin Binkley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Is now the 'ideal time' to talk about school choice policies?," 14 Sep. 2020 By contrast, data from China may show the economy making more headway. Netty Idayu Ismail, Bloomberg.com, "Growth-Starved Emerging Markets Turn Wary as Risk Signals Build," 6 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of headway

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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10 Oct 2020

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“Headway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headway. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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