• WordNet 3.6
    • n leeway a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
    • n leeway (of a ship or plane) sideways drift
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Leeway lē"wā` (Naut) The lateral movement of a ship to the leeward of her course; drift.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n leeway 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 leeway Hence Loss of progress in general; a falling behind; retrogression: as, to be making leeway financially.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Leeway the distance a ship is driven to leeward of her true course: a falling behind
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  • Edward Hoagland
    “Animals are stylized characters in a kind of old saga -- stylized because even the most acute of them have little leeway as they play out their parts.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hleów, shelter; Ice. hlé, Low Ger. lee; prov. Eng. lew.


In literature:

This prevents the side drift which is called making leeway.
"All Afloat" by William Wood
The schooner was bowling along now at a good rate, marching away from the land steadily, and making little leeway.
"Isle o' Dreams" by Frederick F. Moore
I need the little leeway it would give.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
Godfrey found that she stood stiffly up to the canvas, and, as far as he could see, made little or no leeway.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Ah, well; you fellows have stolen a march on me, and I've a lot of leeway to make up.
"Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" by Percy F. Westerman
It is well to limit any one circuit to 6 lamps; this will give leeway for the use of small stoves, irons, toasters, etc.
"Electricity for the farm" by Frederick Irving Anderson
Hence, her course will have to be corrected for Leeway as well as for Variation and Deviation.
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
He didn't make allowance enough, I think, for the leeway she was making, and a minute later she struck, and you can guess the rest.
"A Chapter of Adventures" by G. A. Henty
The Church Army has done much during the last years; but it has been the making up of leeway.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
He gives it leeway as usual; he's used to passing it close because there's plenty of water.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine

In poetry:

"If to the millionth of a hair
Cause and Effect are welded true,
Then there's no leeway anywhere,
And all we do we have to do,
And sun and atom too."
"Design" by Robert W Service

In news:

More Leeway for Tenants as New York Office Vacancies Rise.
New Mexico lawmakers should allow leeway on funding use for early childhood education.
Shiite Urges US to Give Iraqis Leeway In Rebel Fight.
Bush Administration Grants Leeway on 'No Child' Rules.
Gun Law to Expand Leeway for Self-Defense.
Roy Oswalt has cleared waivers, which gives the Rangers leeway to trade him.
Merkel Sees No Leeway for Greece, Rejecting Signals of Softening .
Texas had allocated extra money to the program to allow local health departments the leeway to vaccinate others.
While Senator Landrieu and some state officials wanted the money in Louisiana to be spent on coastal restoration and other environmental projects, officials from other states wanted more leeway.
The Arkansas Razorbacks have no more leeway.
Still, experts note state notification laws provide plenty of leeway.
Still, security experts note, state breach notification laws provide plenty of leeway.
The Postal Service warned it will lose as much as $18.2 billion a year by 2015 unless Congress grants it new leeway to eliminate Saturday delivery and raise the price of a postage stamp by as much as 5 cents.
We have a president who told the Russian leader concerning our nuclear weapons that he would have more leeway after the election.
The European Commission recommended leeway for Spain and its troubled banking sector, but Germany is unlikely to give the nod.

In science:

However, to take into account uncertainties in data and simulations, and give the CDM models as much leeway as possible, a more liberal range of α < −0.8 will be used.
Halo Mass Profiles and Low Surface Brightness Galaxies Rotation Curves
As we will show in Theorem 3.4 below, the present system provides a great deal more leeway.
Random Cluster Models on the Triangular Lattice
More generally, eq. (11) provides only the most simple-minded estimate of the integral (10), and one has some leeway in how one reconstructs f (w ; t) from the discrete realization furnished by the N particles.
Multi-mass schemes for collisionless N-body simulations
The leeway to associate any message with any code word provides the communications engineer with the degrees of freedom that he needs to tune the semantic and statistical properties of the source messages to the transmission cost and error properties of the channel.
The transmission sense of information
This gives us significant leeway since although the derivative to g with respect to p(X ) will still be large at places, this will only happen when |p′ (X )| is small, and this in turn will imply that the variance in p(X ) achieved by replacing Xi is comparably small.
A Small PRG for Polynomial Threshold Functions of Gaussians