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

Definition of headwind

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

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The company is still facing significant headwinds, including new reports about whether its autonomous technology is actually up to snuff. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Uber," 29 Dec. 2018 The country's efforts to connect its bond market, the world's third-biggest, with the international financial system are hitting dual headwinds: a rise in global borrowing costs and the country's own campaign to reduce financial leverage. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures," 14 June 2018 For most companies, one product facing growth headwinds wouldn't be a concern. Mark Gurman, chicagotribune.com, "Apple results to show iPhone X problem and plan to fix it," 1 May 2018 So that all looks, at least to my untrained eye, like a headwind. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "This Week in Elon," 24 Aug. 2018 Before the revelations about his writings, Das was facing other headwinds as one of 10 Democrats running for the nomination to replace retiring US Representative Niki Tsongas. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "In college writings, Third District candidate Beej Das compared minority organizations to Nazis," 9 June 2018 With the headwind, the gas came back to the peloton. Samuel Petrequin, The Seattle Times, "Tour riders sprayed with tear gas amid protest by farmers," 24 July 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 But she was forced to run into a headwind, making the time exceptional considering the conditions. Eric Sondheimer, latimes.com, "Yucaipa's Hampton has 33-year-old state record in his sights after victory at CIF-SS track and field championships," 20 May 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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an enemy or opponent

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