headway

Headway is what you achieve when you move forward or make progress. When you're rowing a boat on a very windy day, it can be hard to make any headway.

You can literally make headway, as when you move forward, fighting your way through an enormous crowd at a shopping mall or rock concert — and you can also make a more metaphorical kind of headway: "I have been trying to write this novel for three years, but I'm just not making any headway." The word meant "the main road" in the 14th and 15th centuries, and came to mean "motion forward" in the 1740s.

Primary Meanings of headway

1.
n
forward movement
2.
n
vertical space available to allow easy passage under something
Full Definitions of headway
1

n forward movement

“the ship made little headway against the gale”
Synonyms:
head
Type of:
advance, progress, progression
a movement forward
2

n vertical space available to allow easy passage under something

Synonyms:
clearance, headroom
Type of:
elbow room, room, way
space for movement

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