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1overhead

adverb over·head \ˌō-vər-ˈhed\

: above someone's head : in the sky or space above someone

Full Definition of OVERHEAD

:  above one's head :  aloft

Examples of OVERHEAD

  1. A chandelier hung directly overhead.
  2. People were making noise in the balcony overhead.

First Known Use of OVERHEAD

15th century

Related to OVERHEAD

Synonyms
aloft, over, above
Antonyms
below, beneath, under

2overhead

adjective over·head \ˈō-vər-ˌhed\

Definition of OVERHEAD

1
a :  operating, lying, or coming from above
b :  having the driving part above the part driven <valves operated by an overhead camshaft>
2
:  of or relating to overhead <overhead costs>

First Known Use of OVERHEAD

1874

3overhead

noun over·head \ˈō-vər-ˌhed\

: costs for rent, heat, electricity, etc., that a business must pay and that are not related to what the business sells

Full Definition of OVERHEAD

1
:  business expenses (as rent, insurance, or heating) not chargeable to a particular part of the work or product
2
:  ceiling; especially :  the ceiling of a ship's compartment
3
:  a stroke in a racket game made above head height :  smash

Examples of OVERHEAD

  1. Her company has very little overhead.

First Known Use of OVERHEAD

1914

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, perquisite
OVERHEAD[3] Defined for Kids

1overhead

adverb over·head \ˌō-vər-ˈhed\

Definition of OVERHEAD for Kids

:  above someone's head :  in the sky or space above someone <A chandelier hung directly overhead.>

2overhead

adjective over·head \ˈō-vər-ˌhed\

Definition of OVERHEAD for Kids

:  placed in the space above someone <an overhead light>

3overhead

noun over·head \ˈō-vər-ˌhed\

Definition of OVERHEAD for Kids

:  the general expenses (as for rent or heat) of a business

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