Definition of headwind in English:



  • A wind blowing from directly in front, opposing forward motion.

    • ‘With light headwinds and a strong southerly current, the crew had to work hard as we tacked, staying close to shore.’
    • ‘It's a bit demoralising riding into the headwinds, and the sidewinds can be a frightening (being blown out into traffic being a Bad Thing).’
    • ‘Through aspen hills heading toward the lake, we face headwinds blowing down from Dawson Pass, known as the windiest place in Glacier.’
    • ‘This is more efficient than flying directly into a headwind.’
    • ‘It is expected to be anchored there for a number of days to await the abatement of unusual southerly headwinds.’
    • ‘Aviation officials said the airport's control tower gave the plane permission to land, but asked the pilot to approach the runway from the opposite direction due to a strong headwind.’
    • ‘Then, trimming his lateen sails to navigate against the prevailing headwinds, he sailed into the Southern Hemisphere, in whose unfamiliar skies neither his astrolabe nor his almanacs availed him further.’
    • ‘Otherwise, you'll contend with nasty headwinds and Lycra-soaking downpours.’
    • ‘What remained was sheer endurance and hard slog, frequently impeded by strong headwinds and driving rain.’
    • ‘There is a considerable headwind, and the snow is being blown directly against the front of the train.’
    • ‘Most of the time, I accept the dispatcher's recommendation after reviewing weather and factors such as headwinds, tailwinds and areas of turbulence to be avoided.’
    • ‘There's a slight ocean breeze blowing to the west creating a headwind, but at least take off will be easier.’
    • ‘The planes only had a top speed of fifty miles per hour and when hitting strong headwinds actually began to move backwards in mid-air.’
    • ‘These included a small radius of action, made even smaller by strong headwinds and a reliance on dead-reckoning navigation with its potentially large errors.’
    • ‘The stronger than expected headwinds indicated we were not going to make it and changing everyone's watches while they slept was not going to change the fact that we were going to land late.’
    • ‘To make long casts even into strong headwinds, start by laying out 30 to 40 feet of line.’
    • ‘Designed for long casts, it cuts through strong headwinds with authority and lays down gently.’
    • ‘We were conservative with our fuel because of strong headwinds along the entire route.’
    • ‘In strong headwinds, pilots can save fuel by taking a longer route and flying at an angle to the wind.’
    • ‘He said the company continued to face strong headwinds with increased fuel bills and higher pension costs on the cards.’