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[hed-wind] /ˈhɛdˌwɪnd/
a wind opposed to the course of a moving object, especially an aircraft or other vehicle (opposed to tailwind).
Origin of headwind
1780-90; (a)head + wind1 Unabridged
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  • Thus you can pretend you're climbing hills on flat ground, or that you're battling a headwind on a calm day.
  • Without the headwind created by the state and local governments, the recovery would look significantly stronger.
  • Fiscal tightening by the state and local governments has also created a headwind for hiring.
  • Government job cuts could create a significant headwind for net hiring.
  • He might be right that the momentum of the economy is stronger than the headwind of expensive gas.
  • However, it does provide a headwind against which the entire rest of the economy must push.
  • Investors may worry that too much austerity could create a strong headwind for the recovery.
  • They created a major headwind for the recovery, as consumers pulled back spending.
  • Although the day had started out calmly, after several hours a headwind sprang up, flowing directly down on us out of the north.
  • It blew down the home building industry, but barely made a headwind against health.
British Dictionary definitions for headwind


a wind blowing directly against the course of an aircraft or ship Compare tailwind
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headwind in Science
headwind or head wind
A wind blowing directly against the course of a moving object, especially an aircraft or ship.
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