head·​wind | \ˈhed-ˌwind \

Definition of headwind 

: a wind having the opposite general direction to a course of movement (as of an aircraft)

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The first is for the Fed to put a line in its official statement -- slated to be released at 2pm EST -- that mentions trade as a headwind. Heather Long, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: The Fed will likely raise interest rates today. But will it weigh in on Trump's trade war?," 13 June 2018 Political mobilization on climate change is going to fight a headwind as long as policymakers are getting those answers from models. David Roberts, Vox, "We are almost certainly underestimating the economic risks of climate change," 8 June 2018 On April 15, Linden beat steady rain that turned into sleet, beat temperatures in the lows 40s, beat a 32 mph headwind, beat 13,390 other women and beat some self doubt to win the Boston Marathon. Don Norcross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "‘Whirlwind’ continues for Boston champion," 1 June 2018 In the face of a headwind like that, the migrants will stick around on Fort Morgan, fueling up for the trip north. Ben Raines, AL.com, "Tiny birds, incredible journey," 20 Apr. 2018 Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Policy BOSTON (AP) — Desiree Linden splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to a Boston Marathon victory on Monday, the first American woman to win the race since 1985. Jimmy Golen, Houston Chronicle, "Desiree Linden wins Boston Marathon, 1st US woman since '85," 16 Apr. 2018 The other Boston Marathon winners: >>Women: Desiree Linden splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to become the first American woman to win the race since 1985. baltimoresun.com, "Clarksville's Tatyana McFadden wins her fifth Boston Marathon wheelchair race; American captures women's title," 16 Apr. 2018 Unfortunately: Meanwhile, up in Massachusetts ...... more than 150 runners from the Charlotte area battled terrible conditions — pouring rain, bitter cold and a headwind pretty much the entire way — at the 122nd edition of the Boston Marathon. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "How'd they do? Here are Boston Marathon results for 150+ Charlotte-area runners. | Charlotte Observer," 16 Apr. 2018 The reinventions come as Dead faces the strongest headwinds of its eight-season run, a significant audience drop with recent weekly viewer numbers not seen since Season 2. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "How 'The Walking Dead' zombie franchise hits the reset button, and plans first crossover," 12 Apr. 2018

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1709, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of headwind

: a wind that is blowing toward something (such as a ship or an airplane) as it moves forward

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