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

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 Find a way to home in on one or two specific paths to make more useful headway. Tarot.com, Baltimore Sun, 16 Apr. 2024 Edmonton goalie Stuart Skinner fended off a late effort by Florida to try to make some headway as the minutes drained away, but the two empty-net goals left little doubt as to the outcome. Greg Rosenstein, NBC News, 22 June 2024 Yet by 1943, the Allies had made considerable headway in the Mediterranean campaign. The Week Uk, theweek, 6 June 2024 The facially alarming argument made startling headway with conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Bruce Fein, Baltimore Sun, 1 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for headway 

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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 24 Jul. 2024.

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

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