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 overhanded (audio) \ adverb or adjective

Examples of overhand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The most common throwing method is the overhand technique. Popular Science, "Eight survival knife skills you might need in an emergency," 15 June 2020 The most common throwing method is the overhand technique. Popular Science, "Eight survival knife skills you might need in an emergency," 15 June 2020 The most common throwing method is the overhand technique. Popular Science, "Eight survival knife skills you might need in an emergency," 15 June 2020 The most common throwing method is the overhand technique. Popular Science, "Eight survival knife skills you might need in an emergency," 15 June 2020 The most common throwing method is the overhand technique. Popular Science, "Eight survival knife skills you might need in an emergency," 15 June 2020 The most common throwing method is the overhand technique. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "8 Different Ways to use a Survival Knife in an Emergency," 29 May 2020 Moments later, Brook staggered DeLuca with an overhand right and followed with a left hook that dropped DeLuca with a little more than a minute remaining in the round. Andrew Mahoney, BostonGlobe.com, "Whitman’s Mark DeLuca KO’d in seventh round," 9 Feb. 2020 The one-time engineering major methodically broke down Akhmedov from the opening bell with an arsenal of jabs, uppercuts and overhand right hooks. Manouk Akopyan, ExpressNews.com, "Mario Barrios wins WBA title, San Antonio’s first championship in 25 years," 28 Sep. 2019 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, "The Incomparable Life and Mysterious Death of Suzanne Lenglen," 27 June 2019 Rizzo was visibly upset after getting plunked, throwing his bat overhanded toward the Chicago dugout. USA TODAY, "LEADING OFF: Twins in, Red Sox near clinch, testy Cubs-Cards," 27 Sep. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Using an overhand grip (palms facing forward and thumbs wrapped around the handles), hold the dumbbells in each hand just outside your shoulders. Dana Santas, CNN, "Strength training with free weights: How to reboot your workout routine," 3 Aug. 2020 That’s when Franco opened a bloody cut over Moloney’s left eye with an overhand right. John Whisler, ExpressNews.com, "Strong finish allows San Antonio’s Joshua Franco to claim world title," 24 June 2020 In the second, Nunes continued imposing her will, using jab-overhand right combos that kept Spencer backpedaling. Mma Junkie, azcentral, "UFC 250 results: Amanda Nunes mauls Felicia Spencer," 6 June 2020 Nunes sent Spencer’s mouthpiece flying with an overhand right. Mma Junkie, azcentral, "UFC 250 results: Amanda Nunes mauls Felicia Spencer," 6 June 2020 The most common throwing method is the overhand technique. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "8 Different Ways to use a Survival Knife in an Emergency," 29 May 2020 As for the presumptions of injury risk, Raffaele Escamilla, a professor of physical therapy at Sacramento State University who has done studies comparing overhand and sidearm pitching, said all pitchers were vulnerable. Danielle Allentuck, New York Times, "Pitching’s Outsiders: ‘No One Wants to Play Catch With Us’," 2 Mar. 2020 Matthews finally shows some aggression late with a couple of overhand punches. Todd Martin, Los Angeles Times, "UFC 243 recap: Israel Adesanya knocks out Robert Whittaker in second round," 5 Oct. 2019 Following the comment, Hamilton allegedly threw a full bottle overhand at the teen – striking her squarely in the chest – then cursed and shouted at her. Fox News, "Ex-MLB All-Star Josh Hamilton charged with injuring teen daughter," 31 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of overhand was in 1656

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10 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Overhand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhand. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for overhand

overhand

adjective
How to pronounce overhand (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of overhand

US : 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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