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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).
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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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Scientific 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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