tail·​wind | \ ˈtāl-ˌwind How to pronounce tailwind (audio) \
plural tailwinds

Definition of tailwind

1 : a wind having the same general direction as a course of movement (as of an aircraft)
2 : a force or influence that advances progress toward an improved condition … the strengthening housing market should be providing tailwinds for home improvement retailers.— Katherine Peralta Medicare reform is a thorny problem even when the political tailwinds are favorable.— Russ Wiles

Examples of tailwind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This presents a major fundamental tailwind for BDX that will fuel its domestic growth. Moneyshow, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Another tailwind for Udemy, which is trying to expand its business offerings, has come from a tight job market in which companies that can’t find external candidates look to re-skill their employees. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 10 Feb. 2022 With an even stronger tailwind, Bolt could have completed the race in a blistering 9.46 seconds. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 4 Mar. 2022 But the reality is that the macroeconomic conditions are shifting from a tailwind to a headwind—something that founders don't tend to think about on a daily basis, Shirazi says. Declan Harty, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2022 This will give gold a strong tailwind as the oceans of new money continue to grow still further. Clem Chambers, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Indeed, the Lakers — arguably the NBA’s most disappointing team this season — arrive at Monday’s game against the Spurs at the AT&T Center with only the faintest hint of a tailwind. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Mar. 2022 But after the heavy selloff of last year and with a more accommodative central bank as a new tailwind, the worst may be over for Chinese stocks. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 24 Jan. 2022 Wells Fargo, for instance, has a significant footprint in consumer banking that analysts expect will serve as a tailwind as interest rates rise. NBC News, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tailwind

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Tailwind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailwind. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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