• IPA: [ˈliːˌweɪ]


  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.
    I don't think we have a lot of leeway when it comes to proper formatting.
    • 2005, James Gosling et al., The Java Language Specification, Third Edition, Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN 0321246780, section 15.4 “FP-strict Expressions”,[http://java.sun.com/docs/books/jls/third_edition/html/expressions.html#249198 ]
      Within an expression that is not comment FP-strict, some leeway is granted for an implementation to use an extended exponent range to represent intermediate results; […]
  3. (British) An adverse discrepancy or variation in a cumulative process, usually in the phrase make up leeway.
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