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lee (side away from the wind) +‎ way


  • IPA(key): [ˈliːˌweɪ]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːweɪ


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leeway (countable and uncountable, plural leeways)

  1. The drift of a ship or airplane in a leeward direction.
  2. A varying degree or amount of freedom or flexibility; margin, latitude, elbowroom.
    I don't think we have a lot of leeway when it comes to proper formatting.
    • 2005, James Gosling et al., The Java Language Specification, Third Edition, Prentice Hall PTR, →ISBN, section 15.4 “FP-strict Expressions”,[1]
      Within an expression that is not FP-strict, some leeway is granted for an implementation to use an extended exponent range to represent intermediate results; []
    • 2020 January 2, Graeme Pickering, “Fuelling the changes on Teesside rails”, in Rail, page 61:
      "There's an hourly service to Nunthorpe and by the time you add in the Whitby trains as well there is hardly any leeway on the single line between Middlesbrough and Nunthorpe so it would involve quite significant infrastructure on the existing railway."
  3. (Britain) An adverse discrepancy or variation in a cumulative process, usually in the phrase make up leeway.


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