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headway1

[hed-wey] /ˈhɛdˌweɪ/
noun
1.
forward movement; progress in a forward direction:
The ship's headway was slowed by the storm.
2.
progress in general:
headway in a career.
3.
rate of progress:
a slight headway against concerted opposition.
4.
the time interval or distance between two vehicles, as automobiles, ships, or railroad or subway cars, traveling in the same direction over the same route.
Idioms
5.
make headway, to proceed forward; advance; progress.
Origin of headway1
1700-1710
1700-10; (a)head + way1

headway2

[hed-wey] /ˈhɛdˌweɪ/
noun
1.
headroom (def 2).
Origin
1700-10; head + way1
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  • Surely this was the last place on earth for a revolution to make any headway of consequence.

    Bucky O'Connor William MacLeod Raine
  • With the people of the country of her adoption, whether Jews or Moors, she made no headway.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • As he made no headway he employed money to bribe the commander of the garrison, which thus came into his possession by betrayal.

  • The headway of the skiff was slow, but my efforts were not silent.

  • For a time he had seemed to make no headway against his hill-born appetite.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for headway

headway

/ˈhɛdˌweɪ/
noun
1.
motion in a forward direction: the vessel made no headway
2.
progress or rate of progress: he made no headway with the problem
3.
another name for headroom
4.
the distance or time between consecutive trains, buses, etc, on the same route
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Word Origin and History for headway
n.

c.1300, "main road, highway," from Old English heafodweg (see head (adj.) + way). Sense of "motion forward" first attested 1748, short for ahead-way; ultimately nautical (cf. leeway).

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