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

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To make headway in negotiations, Mr. Trump will almost certainly have to soften some of his absolutist foreign policies. Michael Crowley, New York Times, "‘Trump Unplugged’: A President as His Own National Security Adviser," 10 Sep. 2019 This has led them to argue that even in states where Democrats made headway in 2018, Trump could still bring out a lot of voters in 2020. Brian Bennett, Time, "Trump's New Math: Inside the Plan to Flip Blue States in 2020," 9 Sep. 2019 The couple seems to be going strong despite breakup rumors that made headway in June. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dakota Johnson and Chris Martin Cozy Up For Date Night in New York City," 29 Aug. 2019 The shuffling of funds targeting immigration comes after the president has long battled Congress to allocate money for the wall project that hadn’t seen any headway as of the two-year mark of Trump’s presidency. Alexa Díazstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Trump reportedly tells officials he’d pardon those who break law to build border wall," 28 Aug. 2019 Highlights of his time in Washington were his creation of the Medical Reserve Corps and some headway in efforts to advance women’s health care in Afghanistan. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Message of Measles," 26 Aug. 2019 The 50s, a busy north-south line connecting residential areas to major commercial centers and downtown, adhered to headways and schedules in the mid-60 percent range. Washington Post, "New report card gives Metrobus service in the District a failing grade," 10 July 2019 Given the nonpartisan nature of judicial races in some states, a committed donor could make more headway where the Democratic Party can’t or won’t. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Tom Steyer’s $100 Million Vanity Project," 9 July 2019 But those views made no headway against the Chinese Embassy’s unequivocal support for TBEA. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "A Power Plant Fiasco Highlights China’s Growing Clout in Central Asia," 6 July 2019

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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 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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