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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Those sessions failed to make much headway in resolving differences between the government, the military, and ethnic rebel groups seeking greater autonomy. The Christian Science Monitor, "Myanmar opens peace conference with ethnic rebel groups," 11 July 2018 Their negotiators had failed to make much headway in working-level meetings before the meeting, leaving Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim with little common ground ahead of what could be months or even years of talks. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Trump and Kim See New Chapter for Nations After Summit," 11 June 2018 The issue has become contentious enough that legislators have introduced bills to stop airlines from further shrinking seat and leg room, but so far those have failed to make much headway. Chris Morris, Fortune, "The FAA May Put An End to Shrinking Airline Seats and Cramped Leg Room," 26 Feb. 2018 Multiple sources have told me that Biegun has struggled to make any headway and is effectively powerless at this point. Alex Ward, Vox, "North Korea is still building missiles despite Trump’s optimism.," 6 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, startups such as CitizenMe and Datacoup, which can be seen as early forms of data unions, have so far failed to make much headway. The Economist, "What if people were paid for their data?," 7 July 2018 But promised labor and other reforms to help alleviate the burden on families that discourage couples from having more children have made limited headway. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Japan finance minister Aso sorry for criticizing childless," 5 Feb. 2019 And experts are skeptical that this trade truce represents a legitimate headway. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The US and China reach a compromise — but the trade standoff is far from over," 2 Dec. 2018 After 2016 intelligence reports showed North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs were making headway, Washington ratcheted up economic sanctions, including on Kim Jong Un. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "U.S. and North Korean Spies Have Held Secret Talks For a Decade," 21 Jan. 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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