Pronunciation: (lē'wā"), [key]
1. extra time, space, materials, or the like, within which to operate; margin: With ten minutes' leeway we can catch the train.
2. a degree of freedom of action or thought: His instructions gave us plenty of leeway.
3. Also called sag. Naut.the amount or angle of the drift of a ship to leeward from its heading.
4. Aeron.the amount a plane is blown off its normal course by cross winds.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.