headwind

[ hed-wind ]
/ ˈhɛdˌwɪnd /
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noun

a wind opposed to the course of a moving object, especially an aircraft or other vehicle (opposed to tailwind).

Nearby words

  1. headward,
  2. headwards,
  3. headwaters,
  4. headway,
  5. headwear,
  6. headword,
  7. headwork,
  8. heady,
  9. heal,
  10. heal-all

Origin of headwind

First recorded in 1780–90; (a)head + wind1

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British Dictionary definitions for headwind

headwind

/ (ˈhɛdˌwɪnd) /

noun

a wind blowing directly against the course of an aircraft or shipCompare tailwind
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Science definitions for headwind

headwind

head wind (hĕdwĭnd′)

A wind blowing directly against the course of a moving object, especially an aircraft or ship.
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