head wind

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or head wind  (hĕd′wĭnd′)
1. A wind blowing directly against the course of a moving object, such as an aircraft, bird, or runner.
2. Informal A source of resistance, as to progress or success: "negative cultural attitudes that would have presented an extra headwind to ... community-based conservation plans" (Rick Bass).
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Latitude and longitude, noon every day; and how many miles we made last twenty-four hours; and all the domino games I beat and horse billiards; and whales and sharks and porpoises; and the text of the sermon Sundays (because that'll tell at home, you know); and the ships we saluted and what nation they were; and which way the wind was, and whether there was a heavy sea, and what sail we carried, though we don't ever carry any, principally, going against a head wind always--wonder what is the reason of that?
There they are, down there every night at eight bells, praying for fair winds--when they know as well as I do that this is the only ship going east this time of the year, but there's a thousand coming west--what's a fair wind for us is a head wind to them--the Almighty's blowing a fair wind for a thousand vessels, and this tribe wants him to turn it clear around so as to accommodate one--and she a steamship at that
It was a dark night, and a strong head wind was blowing.
A head wind had set in with unpleasant damp weather.
For as in this world, head winds are far more prevalent than winds from astern (that is, if you never violate the Pythagorean maxim), so for the most part the Commodore on the quarter-deck gets his atmosphere at second hand from the sailors on the forecastle.
We were coming out of the ice-pack on our way home, with head winds and a week's southerly gale, when we picked up a little craft that had been blown north.
An artist''s impression of what Birdsedge village might look like if Dearne Head Wind Farm plan is approved.
Both Park Head Wind Farm and North Blyth Biomass Project will have lifetime community funds.
Andy said: "We took over an hour longer than last year but the head wind was fierce and the waves were breaking over the boat.