tail·wind | \ˈtāl-ˌwind \

Definition of tailwind 

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

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Simpson rebounded at the USA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento later in June, by catching a 5.0 tailwind and flying 27-5 1/4. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks tangle with BYU Washington, Wazzu in Pepsi Team Invitational: Quick facts," 6 Apr. 2018 Her 200 heat was run into a .3 mps headwind while the other two heats had tailwinds. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SDSU's Ashley Henderson advances to NCAA track final in 200 but not 100," 7 June 2018 Here's someone who has huge tailwinds to get the 2020 nomination and the proposal lacked any creativity whatsoever. Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter, "James Comey's Book Agents on "Toxic" Trump Memoirs and Bill Clinton's #MeToo Fail," 12 July 2018 Harvard’s Gabrielle Thomas, who beat Henderson for the NCAA indoor 200 title, had the day’s fastest 200 time at 22.36 seconds with a 2.2 mps tailwind. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SDSU's Ashley Henderson advances to NCAA track final in 200 but not 100," 7 June 2018 Francisco Negron, head of client services at T. Rowe Price , which maintains some of the largest CITs, sees the size of the retirement industry as a tailwind for CITs. Bailey Mccann, WSJ, "CITs, the Not-Exactly Mutual Funds, Are on Pace to Hit $3 Trillion," 3 June 2018 Analysts will be eager to hear about the company’s strategy to improve margins after Barrick shares failed to catch the tailwind that propelled gold to its biggest annual gain in seven years. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg," 12 Feb. 2018 But gusty conditions meant a risk of windshear—a sudden tailwind could cause the plane to drop out of the sky. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "An Illusion Made FlyDubai Pilots Crash Their Plane Into the Ground," 25 Apr. 2016 For now, bulls say economic tailwinds will outweigh rising inflation. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Will rising interest rates snuff out the nearly 9-year-old bull market in stocks?," 21 Feb. 2018

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1897, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tailwind

: a wind that blows in the same direction as something (such as a ship or an airplane) that is moving forward

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