Definition of headward in English:


Line breaks: head|ward
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛdwəd


  • 1In the region or direction of the head.
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    • Odd neuron numbers respond to headwards displacements and even numbers to tailwards displacements.
  • 1.1 Geology Denoting erosion by a stream or river occurring progressively upstream from the original source.
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    • During the Miocene the shelf was intermittently emergent, and the submarine canyons were extended to the shelf area through headward erosion.
    • Apparently, V-shaped and planar-floored canyons, previously ascribed to downslope erosion vs. slope failure/headward erosion, respectively, can coexist.
    • The Alpine lakes of northern Italy, also, are now thought to occupy sites of headward erosion during Messinian time.


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  • (also headwards) Towards the head.
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    • Presumably, saying a nerve moves headwards or toewards is not sophisticated enough for doctors.
    • For a very brief instant, looking headwards as he was, he could not identify the person by sex, for he saw a turban and under it a face which though not that of an East Indian was colored almost olive.

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