Definition of heading in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhediNG/ /ˈhɛdɪŋ/

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  • 1A title at the head of a page or section of a book.

    ‘chapter headings’
    • ‘But before you rush to the shops, be aware that this work contains steeply off-putting section titles and chapter headings, many favouring the riff-plus-triplet form academic publishing gets such a kick out of.’
    • ‘Search engines consider headings, page titles, bold and linked text to be more important and relevant and the precise wording of these sections of your content are extremely important.’
    • ‘In this moment, the idea for a book came to me, inspired and complete with chapter headings and title: Healing Through the Dark Emotions.’
    • ‘Lastly, ensure that page titles and headings reflect the targeted keywords relevant to the content that the user will find on the page.’
    • ‘It has no table of contents, no chapter titles or headings and no index.’
    • ‘The phrase is used as a section heading in the book's table of contents.’
    • ‘Some local yellow pages may have them listed under alternative lifestyle headings, some yellow pages in more conservative areas may not offer that as an option.’
    • ‘Save decorative fonts for recipe titles or chapter headings.’
    • ‘Oh yes, if you want to know why there are exclamation marks on the ends of the title and chapter headings, it's because it makes things less serious.’
    • ‘Thanks for all the compliments for my chapter headings and titles.’
    • ‘As a designer, Chris had the advantage of being able to create the covers and illustrations, lay out the pages and headings, and design the bookmarks, posters and in-store leaflets he would use to market the books.’
    • ‘No liner notes are included, not even an insert listing chapter headings.’
    • ‘All pages should have clear headings, subheads, and short paragraphs.’
    • ‘Marginal notes, footnotes, and end notes and headings to a section are not to be taken to be part of the Act.’
    • ‘The rest of the book is similarly designed to engage, with chapter headings such as What Sex Is My Brain?’
    • ‘Just a list of key chapter headings and topics - desegregation, finance, structural reform, school choice, inclusion - reveals the book's ambitious scope.’
    • ‘In the book each chapter heading is based on a myth.’
    • ‘There is also an interesting chapter on how to write headings, titles, and links to help make your content more accessible for those searching and skimming your pages.’
    • ‘Section headings in the body of the book would certainly have been useful and a brief editorial article setting the section into the context of the wider issues surrounding electronic commerce.’
    • ‘The contents of every book burned within it, blazed from it; located not merely in its binding or its pictures, they were enshrined in chapter headings and opening letters, paragraphs and lines.’
    title, caption, legend, subtitle, subheading, wording, rubric, inscription, name, headline, banner headline
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    1. 1.1A division or section of a subject; a class or category.
      ‘this topic falls under four main headings’
      • ‘Main category headings are computerization, field equipment, fleets, marketing, measurement, odorization, pipelines, and miscellaneous.’
      • ‘Ireland is the first EU country to ‘go live’ with its website, which provides consumers with data under four main headings.’
      • ‘Subjects that fall under various category headings tend to be very wide ranging and are open to different interpretations by different people.’
      • ‘In summary the theoretical expectations for these nations initially can be grouped under four main headings.’
      • ‘The awards are been organised for business people of all ages under various category headings.’
      • ‘But if we remove the category headings and combine, say, dew, drink, tears and weep, the distinction is not so readily apparent; such terms' associational relevance is far more complex.’
      • ‘Twenty-six landscape construction projects were selected and categorized under the headings of landforms, pavement, site structures, or water.’
      • ‘Responses were categorized under three headings: brand-name product, package feature, and nutrition-related information.’
      • ‘After all categories were established and raw data was grouped under category headings, I studied the data for thematic connections within and among them.’
      • ‘The costs of running a bus and/or coach fleet are best categorized under five broad headings.’
      • ‘The clear presentation, category headings and search tool make browsing a doddle.’
      • ‘After discussion within our large group of pulmonary physicians we selected topics under four broad headings.’
      • ‘The heading of Division 2 is dealing with industrial disputes.’
      • ‘The grants are allocated under two main headings.’
      • ‘It includes 3 main headings, i.e., Muscle, Skeletal and Function (feet and legs).’
      • ‘This is a chart where the main heading is circled in the middle of a piece of paper, and arrows stretch outwards in various directions to more circles containing sub-headings.’
      • ‘The long-term consequences of HR outcomes are considered under three main headings: individual well-being, organizational effectiveness, and societal well-being.’
      • ‘They also developed forms of church order, discipline, and consultation, ethical teaching, ways of initiation, and short summaries of the main headings of their faith which eventually became creeds.’
      • ‘The document is divided into three main headings.’
      • ‘We can consider God's miraculous, creative power under three main headings.’
      category, division, classification, class, categorization, head, section, group, grouping, subject, topic, branch, department
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  • 2A direction or bearing.

    ‘he crawled on a heading of 90 degrees until he came to the track’
    • ‘Use the clock technique (12 o'clock means toward the front) or cardinal directions for headings.’
    • ‘Directional or compass information enables an animal to maintain a consistent heading in a particular direction such as north or east.’
    • ‘A couple of joggers passed by, and a short while later a lady with a pram, but BJ didn't deviate one degree from his Northerly heading.’
    • ‘The track changed maybe 15 degrees its direction of heading there.’
    • ‘In our silence we became invisible to the approaching group and they veered course and took a heading that led them directly to Ben and Kim.’
    • ‘They would confirm our heading and clear us direct when they could.’
    • ‘Home seemed an especially good idea now, and I acquired a direct heading back to PSAB.’
    • ‘Runway 1 would point to a compass heading of approximately 10 degrees or slightly northeast.’
    • ‘With the aircraft at a height of about 320 ft on a south-easterly heading in fine weather, workers on the drilling rig heard a loud bang.’
    • ‘Our headings were 90 degrees out, and I knew we passed directly in front of him because his lights changed from dim to bright to dim again, with no apparent change in aspect.’
    • ‘The result is that your autopilot will usually hold headings close to south noticeably more accurately than when heading north.’
    • ‘Up comes the runway, and you can read the numbers painted at the end: runway 22, pointed toward a heading of 220 degrees.’
    • ‘The Blue Horizon was on a seldom-used shipping lane, its heading intersected by a small red dot a short distance in front of them.’
  • 3A horizontal passage made in preparation for building a tunnel.

    • ‘A top heading is first excavated, and then a bench that is sometimes split further into bench and invert sections is constructed.’
    1. 3.1Mining
      another term for drift (sense 4 of the noun)
      • ‘We had no such system and it would perhaps have flagged up a problem elsewhere in the mine that was being drawn into our heading.’
  • 4A strip of cloth at the top of a curtain above the hooks or wire that suspend the curtain.