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1 a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about; "the heading seemed to have little to do with the text" [syn: header, head]
2 the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies [syn: bearing, aim]
3 a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine; "they dug a drift parallel with the vein" [syn: drift, gallery]

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Verb form

  1. present participle of head


  1. The title or topic of a document, article, chapter etc.
  2. The direction into which a seagoing or airborne vessel's bow is pointing (apparent heading) and/or the direction into which it is actually moving relative to the ground (true heading)

Derived terms



Extensive Definition

The word heading has various meanings:
  • It is synonymous with the related word Headline.
  • A heading is used to provide hierarchical information about other information. Headings can emphasize or tell people what information is where, such as a title or subtitle or topic at the top or beginning of a paragraph or letter or chapter. Headings are used in wiki, HTML, and other markup languages.
  • In navigation, a heading is the direction a person or vehicle is facing or pointing.
  • In some mining jargon, a heading is a communication tunnel which is being extended in a given direction.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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