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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
1700-1710
1700-10; (a)head + way
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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 make head-way
headway
c.1300, short for ahead-way; ultimately nautical (cf. leeway). Generalized sense of "motion forward" first attested 1748.
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