overhand

adjective
over·​hand | \ ˈō-vər-ˌhand How to pronounce overhand (audio) \

Definition of overhand

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: made with the hand brought forward and down from above shoulder level

overhand

verb
overhanded; overhanding; overhands

Definition of overhand (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to sew with short vertical stitches

overhand

noun

Definition of overhand (Entry 3 of 3)

: an overhand stroke (as in handball)

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Other Words from overhand

Adjective

overhand adverb
overhanded \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈhan-​dəd How to pronounce overhand (audio) \ adverb or adjective

Examples of overhand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Facing fourth-and-1 at the Steelers 41, Allen turned around and threw an overhand pass to Matt Breida, who was immediately tackled for a 7-yard loss by cornerback Cameron Sutton. John Wawrow, ajc, 12 Sep. 2021 The National League — the American League did not exist quite yet — wanted to curb the growing influence of overhand pitching. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2021 Albarado used the crop in the overhand position instead of the underhanded position. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2021 The most common throwing method is the overhand technique. Popular Science, 15 June 2020 The most common throwing method is the overhand technique. Popular Science, 15 June 2020 The most common throwing method is the overhand technique. Popular Science, 15 June 2020 The most common throwing method is the overhand technique. Popular Science, 15 June 2020 The most common throwing method is the overhand technique. Popular Science, 15 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Unlike most of the other women in the field, Lenglen served overhanded. Jon Wertheim And Jacob Feldman, SI.com, 27 June 2019 Rizzo was visibly upset after getting plunked, throwing his bat overhanded toward the Chicago dugout. USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brewers ace Corbin Burnes combined with reliever Josh Hader on the record ninth no-hitter in the majors this season Saturday night against Cleveland, breaking a mark set when pitchers first began throwing overhand in 1884. sun-sentinel.com, 14 Sep. 2021 Snell — the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner — was trying to throw the ninth no-hitter in the big leagues this season, which would have broken a record set in 1884, the first season overhand pitching was permitted. David Brandt, ajc, 1 Sep. 2021 Gilbert is trying to throw MLB's eighth no-hitter of the season, which would match the record set in 1884 — the first season overhand pitching was allowed. David Brandt, ajc, 15 Aug. 2021 In 1884 the National League finally allowed overhand pitching, from a 6-foot-by-6-foot square 50 feet from the plate. New York Times, 15 Aug. 2021 Too often, the Cowboys have appeared in camp form, struggling to complete the center-to-quarterback snap exchange without the ball drifting overhand, to the side or skipping on the ground. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 1 Aug. 2021 There have been seven no-hitters in the majors this year, one short of the MLB record set in 1884, the first season overhand pitching was permitted. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 26 July 2021 The record of eight was set in 1884, the first season overhand pitching was allowed. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 16 July 2021 That’s one shy of the record eight in 1884, the first season overhand pitching was allowed. BostonGlobe.com, 25 June 2021

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First Known Use of overhand

Adjective

1656, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1871, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Overhand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhand. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for overhand

overhand

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of overhand

: made with the hand brought forward and down from above the shoulder

overhand

adjective
over·​hand | \ ˈō-vər-ˌhand How to pronounce overhand (audio) \

Kids Definition of overhand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: made with the hand brought forward and down from above the shoulder an overhand throw

overhand

adverb

Kids Definition of overhand (Entry 2 of 2)

: with an overhand movement I threw the ball overhand.

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