Definition of headway in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Forward movement or progress, especially when this is slow or difficult.

    ‘the ship was making very little headway against heavy seas’
    ‘they appear to be making headway in bringing the rebels under control’
    • ‘Although she was still making headway, her bow began to go under.’
    • ‘However, slowly but surely women are making headway in the motoring industry.’
    • ‘Structural changes aside, it's hard to get a fix on whether the gumshoes are making headway.’
    • ‘This comes just as other voices in Labour are making headway pushing in a more progressive direction.’
    • ‘I am much less stressed since the change and finally making headway on a lot of old tasks.’
    • ‘Although the army has made similar arguments in the past, officers are making headway.’
    • ‘I try to make sure that we have the right people in the right activities and we're making headway.’
    • ‘Nor should it be overlooked that there are some others making headway in this battle for the clothing market.’
    • ‘For all its warts, Montreal is making headway in the sustainable architecture crusade.’
    • ‘With the boat still making headway, our guide Nico jumps off the platform and immediately descends, trailing a line attached to a second buoy.’
    • ‘By the end of last year, Beijing seemed to be making headway in preventing the economy from boiling over.’
    • ‘There can be little doubt that she had despaired of making headway in an old-fashioned world.’
    • ‘Another Goldsworthy's hairdresser is also making headway in the competition.’
    • ‘Only a resolute leader who sets an irreproachable personal example stands any chance of making headway.’
    • ‘On the doorsteps, the Conservatives are making headway on immigration.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, other dissident movements were making headway throughout Ethiopia.’
    • ‘Coalition forces are making headway in their battle against oil well fires.’
    • ‘She managed to make some headway down the narrow street before she collapsed exhausted.’
    • ‘‘The good news is we are making headway in many parts of the country,’ he will declare.’
    • ‘So far it seems that negotiations are not making headway on a key issue.’
    make progress, make strides, gain ground, progress, advance, proceed, move, get on, get ahead, come on, come along, shape up, take shape, move forward in leaps and bounds
    be getting there
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  • 2The average interval between trains or buses on a regular service.

    ‘a six-minute headway’
    • ‘The company also extended the train headway from three to six minutes during this period.’
    • ‘Instead of speed, other countries should try instead to emulate the Shinkansen's remarkable frequency of train headway.’