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EtymologyEdit

lee (side away from the wind) +‎ way

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  • 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.
    • 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; []
    I don't think we have a lot of leeway when it comes to proper formatting.
  3. (Britain) An adverse discrepancy or variation in a cumulative process, usually in the phrase make up leeway.

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