American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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. UK An adverse discrepancy or variation in a cumulative process, usually in make up leeway.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) The lateral movement of a ship to the leeward of her course; drift.
- 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)
“It does help to know that period of leeway is built in; it helps me to let go of that polished draft for the first time.”
“Where I am allowed considerable leeway is in expanding situations and characters.”
“• Despite official promises that higher limits would be more strictly enforced, we're getting more leeway from the police, who all but ignore speeders 10 to 15 mph over the limit.”
“Firstly, that while we have certain leeway in selecting the tasks for our troops within the alliance, we have not full licence to dictate the type of weapons our troops are to use in carrying out these commitments.”
“That the US or other place stays mum and gives leeway is another issue entirely.”
“The break-up fee would give Deutsche Telekom some short-term leeway but won't resolve its longer-term financial issues.”
“From the Speaker's chair the main problems are: to control the order of speaking and to assure to all their right to speak within the rules; to stop members, except the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition when the allowed 40 minutes have expired; to enforce reasonable relevance in the discussion -- special leeway is given in "maiden speeches"; to stop abusive and unparliamentary language; to secure a hearing and generally to preserve order and dignity; and most important to bring the matter to a decision and to declare the result.”
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“The cartooniness gives them more leeway, which is fine with me cause this game is going to be great no matter what.”
“Further limiting the leeway is the fact that the state government conducts an audit of each county's assessments each year.”
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