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 Retailers are already dealing with headwinds of a sales tax increase last year, as well as an unseasonably warm winter. Lily Nonomiya, Bloomberg.com, "Lunar New Year Department Store Sales Plummet in Japan on Virus," 12 May 2020 Lovell said the decision was driven by the changing headwinds of higher education. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette will furlough 250 employees as it estimates a $15 million shortfall so far from coronavirus," 8 Apr. 2020 Despite the headwinds facing the beetle project, Ellison says success could help set a precedent. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, "Aphid-munching beetle could help save hemlock forests," 15 Jan. 2020 So, yes, the headwinds for the Core i9-9900KS are considerably stiffer. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel's Core i9-9900KS Special Edition launches this week for $513," 28 Oct. 2019 The headwind of Colorado’s anti-Trump movement probably will give the Democrats a good shot at winning Republican Carson’s 6th CD regent seat. Jim Martin, The Denver Post, "Opinion: Democrats have shot at controlling Board of Regents for first time in 40 years," 7 Oct. 2019 Right here in the Bay Area, girls are fighting against the headwinds of a system that has for a long time silenced their voices and measured their worth based on their contributions to boys and men. Surina Khan, The Mercury News, "Opinion: What Bay Area girls need to succeed," 28 Aug. 2019 The revolving door at the once premier sports outlet illustrates the headwinds facing magazines that have long relied on advertising and print subscriptions. Meg James, latimes.com, "Ross Levinsohn, now with Maven, to manage Sports Illustrated magazine," 17 June 2019 But after Volkswagen’s diesel-cheating scandal, the industry faces more headwinds than in the past. Oliver Sachgau, Fortune, "‘Cash for clunkers’: German auto giants ask for government help to stoke demand," 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of headwind

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Headwind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headwind. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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