head·​ing ˈhe-diŋ How to pronounce heading (audio)
: something that forms or serves as a head
especially : an inscription, headline, or title standing at the top or beginning (as of a letter or chapter)
: the address and date at the beginning of a letter showing its place and time of origin
: the compass direction in which the longitudinal axis of a ship or aircraft points
broadly : direction

Example Sentences

What is your current heading? We organized all the recipes under different subject headings. His paintings usually fall under the heading of realism.
Recent Examples on the Web California power outage map Hundreds of thousands of Californians began to lose power heading Tuesday afternoon as another atmospheric river hit the Golden State. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2023 Two massive club teams with title hopes collide when Paris Saint-Germain visit Bayern Munich while down 1-0 on aggregate heading into the second leg of this Round of 16 matchup during 2023 UEFA Champions League play. oregonlive, 8 Mar. 2023 Xavier trying to claw back into it | DePaul 39, Xavier 31, 3:54 1H The Musketeers have got the deficit back to single digits and Jack Nunge's heading to the free-throw line because Xavier's in the bonus for the rest of the half. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 10 Mar. 2023 Not all apps will respond to these adjustments, but most of them will. To change size settings, open Settings and go to the Display heading. David Nield, Popular Science, 6 Mar. 2023 Ballard has helped West Mesquite compile an 18-9 record, 12-2 in 12-5A heading into a Class 5A bi-district playoff against W.T. White. Rick Kretzschmar, Dallas News, 19 Feb. 2023 Chloe Moore-McNeil and Sydney Parrish each have 16 points and 4 fouls heading to the closing minutes. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Feb. 2023 In December, a United Airlines flight heading to San Francisco from Maui nearly plunged into the Pacific shortly after takeoff under unclear circumstances. Noah Goldbergstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2023 Before having her stitches taken out, Stause posted a video heading to her appointment. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of heading was in 1650

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“Heading.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heading. Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


head·​ing ˈhed-iŋ How to pronounce heading (audio)
: the direction in which a ship or aircraft points
: something (as a title or an address) at the top or beginning (as of a letter or chapter)

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