Origin of headwind

First recorded in 1780–90; (a)head + wind1
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Contemporary Examples of headwind

  • But we do not live in that world, and that is a headwind pushing against currents of balance, growth, and repair.

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    Why Markets Freak Out

    Zachary Karabell

    August 12, 2011

  • Webb—or any Virginia Democrat—would be running into quite a headwind in 2012.

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    Why the Dems Could Lose the Senate Next

    Samuel P. Jacobs

    November 16, 2010

Historical Examples of headwind

British Dictionary definitions for headwind


  1. a wind blowing directly against the course of an aircraft or shipCompare tailwind
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headwind in Science


head wind (hĕdwĭnd′)
  1. A wind blowing directly against the course of a moving object, especially an aircraft or ship.
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