Definition of tailwind
: a wind having the same general direction as a course of movement (as of an aircraft)
Recent Examples of tailwind from the Web
Key market drivers early in 2017 are unlikely to provide as big a tailwind.
If the wind suddenly shifts from a headwind to a tailwind, a stall can occur (this would be a wind shear condition).
He’d just swept into the state on Alabama’s plane from the NFL, bringing a tailwind of recruiting momentum that had been missing.
A combination of brand new poles, a solid tailwind and hours of preparation culminated in the best jump of Lewis’ career at the national championships.
Yet the tailwinds that made cutting supply easier in the first half of the year -- from a seasonal lull in demand to temporary oil-field maintenance -- will be gone just as new obstacles are emerging.
That tailwind Wall Streeters are feeling is Friday’s news that Americans stepped up their shopping last month.
Macron can’t rely on tailwinds from an unpredictable global economy to meet his hopes, hence his passionate embrace of reforms.
And somebody who might have those kind of tailwinds…that would be a huge boost to his candidacy.
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TAILWIND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tailwind for English Language Learners
: 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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