head·​wind | \ ˈhed-ˌwind How to pronounce headwind (audio) \
plural headwinds

Definition of headwind

1 : a wind having the opposite general direction to a course of movement (as of an aircraft)
2 : a force or influence that inhibits progress Power-plant construction is facing headwinds in the U.S. as renewable energy projects and slack demand throw the economics of new generators into question.— Thomas Black For generations, the tribe has been leaning into cultural headwinds to preserve a language on the brink of extinction.— Kevin Simpson The plan faces political headwinds from both sides of the aisle …— Heidi M. Przybyla

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Recent Examples on the Web The report adds to recent data pointing to an economy holding up amid headwinds. BostonGlobe.com, "Stocks in the U.S. climbed on the report, while Treasuries fell and the dollar rose.," 6 Dec. 2019 Trade uncertainty has eaten into business investment and manufacturing, and sluggish global growth continues to be a headwind, but Powell did not forecast a recession on the horizon, he is expected to say. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "Fed’s Powell to tell Congress that recent spate of interest rate cuts will end," 13 Nov. 2019 By easing rates, the Fed is aiming to shield the American economy against headwinds from the U.S.-China trade war and slowing growth in Europe and Asia — uncertainties that have weakened business spending and raised the risks of recession. Los Angeles Times, "Fed is expected to cut interest rates again by quarter point," 18 Sep. 2019 Powell has tried to cast the rate cuts as an insurance move that is meant to protect the economy against headwinds from the trade war and slower growth in Europe, China and other nations. cleveland.com, "Trump wants a ‘big’ cut from the Federal Reserve. Instead, get ready for a small one.," 18 Sep. 2019 Dobbs said the group had favorable weather much of the way, including few headwinds on the Lower Yukon. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "From Llewellyn Glacier to Emmonak, these men in motorboats traveled the length of the Yukon River in less than 25 days," 31 Aug. 2019 But farm income is still falling, which can’t be good news for Republicans also facing impeachment headwinds. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "What is the US getting out of Trump’s trade war with China? Not much," 18 Nov. 2019 The oil age may not be over — far from it — but oil is facing unprecedented headwinds. Julian Lee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Fires and Floods Make Saudi Aramco IPO a Hard Sell," 17 Nov. 2019 An Enquirer analysis, focused on finances of 10 of the area’s largest nonprofits that deal with poverty, shows there are headwinds against such agencies helping the poor. James Pilcher, Cincinnati.com, "Region's nonprofits spend $500,000,000+ a year to fight poverty. Is it helping?," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of headwind

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Headwind.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headwind. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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

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