head·​way | \ ˈhed-ˌwā \

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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Peter Aldhous writes about new research from Microsoft about how Russians harnessed viral sharing: Most Russian trolls made little headway, but the star performers scored some big hits. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Google walkout offers a playbook for successful corporate protests," 2 Nov. 2018 At last, a global effort to combat the crisis is making headway. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 This issue hasn’t made much headway with lawmakers, who have been leery of regulating private schools, especially religious ones. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Private Schools Toughen Background Checks on Job Applicants," 29 Oct. 2018 Made some headway tonight on artwork for the upcoming Tarot collection for @katvondbeauty! Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Kat Von D Just Teased a New Tarot Makeup Collection on Instagram," 26 Sep. 2018 Despite a major mobilization of soldiers, park rangers, expert divers, engineers and geologists, the operation has made little headway. New York Times, "Thailand Cave Rescue Mission Will Continue, Prime Minister Tells Families," 29 June 2018 President Barack Obama made tentative efforts to resume those talks but made little headway. Fox News, "Analysis: By Trump's own yardstick, NKorea pact falls flat," 13 June 2018 Despite international outrage — prompted in large part by the slaying last year of prize-winning author Javier Valdez — Mexico has made little headway on preventing violence against its journalists. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "Another journalist has been killed in Mexico — the sixth this year," 30 May 2018 Lower-risk candidates seem to be making little headway. The Economist, "Colombians hope for change in the first post-war presidential election," 26 May 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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