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heading (n.)

c. 1300, "a beheading," from present participle of head (v.). Meaning "an advancing in a certain direction" is from c. 1600. Meaning "title at the head of a portion of text" is from 1849.

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Definitions of heading from WordNet

heading (n.)
a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about;
the heading seemed to have little to do with the text
Synonyms: header / head
heading (n.)
the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies;
Synonyms: bearing / aim
heading (n.)
a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine;
Synonyms: drift / gallery
From wordnet.princeton.edu