Definition of headway in English:



  • 1Move forward or make progress, especially when circumstances make this 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’
    • ‘However, slowly but surely women are making headway in the motoring industry.’
    • ‘‘The good news is we are making headway in many parts of the country,’ he will declare.’
    • ‘Nor should it be overlooked that there are some others making headway in this battle for the clothing market.’
    • ‘On the doorsteps, the Conservatives are making headway on immigration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, other dissident movements were making headway throughout Ethiopia.’
    • ‘Coalition forces are making headway in their battle against oil well fires.’
    • ‘I am much less stressed since the change and finally making headway on a lot of old tasks.’
    • ‘She managed to make some headway down the narrow street before she collapsed exhausted.’
    • ‘Although the army has made similar arguments in the past, officers are making headway.’
    • ‘Structural changes aside, it's hard to get a fix on whether the gumshoes are making headway.’
    • ‘With the boat still making headway, our guide Nico jumps off the platform and immediately descends, trailing a line attached to a second buoy.’
    • ‘Another Goldsworthy's hairdresser is also making headway in the competition.’
    • ‘For all its warts, Montreal is making headway in the sustainable architecture crusade.’
    • ‘Only a resolute leader who sets an irreproachable personal example stands any chance of making headway.’
    • ‘I try to make sure that we have the right people in the right activities and we're making headway.’
    • ‘So far it seems that negotiations are not making headway on a key issue.’
    • ‘This comes just as other voices in Labour are making headway pushing in a more progressive direction.’
    • ‘Although she was still making headway, her bow began to go under.’
    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 of time between vehicles moving in the same direction on the same route.

    • ‘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.’