from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The drift of a ship or an aircraft to leeward of the course being steered.
- n. A margin of freedom or variation, as of activity, time, or expenditure; latitude. See Synonyms at room.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The drift of a ship or airplane in a leeward direction.
- n. A varying degree or amount of freedom or flexibility; margin, latitude, elbowroom.
- n. An adverse discrepancy or variation in a cumulative process, usually in make up leeway.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The lateral movement of a ship to the leeward of her course; drift.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The lateral movement of a ship to the leeward of her course, or the angle formed between the line of the ship's keel and the line which she actually describes through the water; the deviation from her true course which a vessel makes by drifting to leeward.
- n. Hence Loss of progress in general; a falling behind; retrogression: as, to be making leeway financially.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
- n. (of a ship or plane) sideways drift
lee (“side away from the wind”) + way (Wiktionary)