overhead

adverb
over·​head | \ ˌō-vər-ˈhed How to pronounce overhead (audio) \

Definition of overhead

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: above one's head : aloft

overhead

adjective
over·​head | \ ˈō-vər-ˌhed How to pronounce overhead (audio) \

Definition of overhead (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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

overhead

noun
over·​head | \ ˈō-vər-ˌhed How to pronounce overhead (audio) \

Definition of overhead (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : business expenses (such 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for overhead

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of overhead in a Sentence

Adverb A chandelier hung directly overhead. People were making noise in the balcony overhead. Noun Her company has very little overhead.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb At sea, the ships continued to crisscross and Indonesia’s military flew F-16s overhead. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "In South China Sea Confrontation, Indonesia Resists China—Cautiously," 17 Jan. 2020 Video posted on YouTube shows the plane flying overhead. Leah Asmelash And Andy Rose, CNN, "17 children injured after a plane dumped jet fuel over their elementary school playground near Los Angeles," 14 Jan. 2020 As night fell, American Apache helicopters could be seen flying overhead, dropping flares. The Economist, "Combustible The conflict between America and Iran intensifies in Iraq," 2 Jan. 2020 Juan Madrigal Miranda, a 72-year-old professor who runs a small nature center in the area, cowered on the floor of his cabin as bullets flew overhead. Arkansas Online, "Cartels now at war over avocados," 1 Dec. 2019 The story ends with the five lying on the ground, surrounded by train tracks, as a dragon flies overhead. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "TXT Have a Fiery Adventure in 'Magic Island' Mini Film: Watch," 17 Nov. 2019 Already, workers were beginning to remove rubble from the streets shortly after the blasts, and engineers were going through the building to assess the situation as a drone flew overhead for an aerial view. Rebecca Santana, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Leaning cranes toppled at partly collapsed New Orleans hotel," 20 Oct. 2019 Davie police conducted an extensive search of the FAU campus while helicopters flew overhead. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "Toy rifle linked to alert that affected three college campuses," 4 Oct. 2019 Oxygen masks fell from overhead, swinging on their rubber tubes. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Davis man on fatal Southwest flight turned and saw horror behind him," 24 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective TriMet says that MAX Blue, Green and Red lines are all disrupted due to major damage to the overhead wire near the Hollywood Transit Center. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Major MAX delays snarl rush hour traffic," 7 Feb. 2020 In interviews, several courthouse employees listed years-long complaints including diesel or gasoline fumes in the building, leaking windows, mold, and a black sooty discharge that has coated the ceiling near overhead vents. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "Illnesses spark concerns about workplace hazards at Springfield courthouse," 4 Feb. 2020 If your room seems dark, get a grow light to provide overhead light so the plant can grow upright. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "Here's How to Care for a Rubber Plant," 29 Jan. 2020 Her account contains a video of a passenger who dried their shoe using the overhead air vent; another of someone picking at his bare heel; and a third of someone who hitched a sockless foot up on the armrest. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Is It Ever OK to Go Barefoot on a Plane?," 27 Jan. 2020 Journalists have long been barred from entering the Senate chamber, relegated to an overhead view from the press gallery above. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, "Even C-SPAN Is Piqued: Senate Puts Limits on Trial Coverage," 19 Jan. 2020 My plan on this night was to use a photo hole for the first two periods, then shoot from an overhead position in the third period. Ashley Landis, Dallas News, "Smashing idea: Lens and helpful photo tip prevent puck at Stars game from doing more damage," 18 Jan. 2020 The drone itself is a player in this work, and an overhead shot of a ragtag outdoor bazaar reveals the place’s startling geometry. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "In Les Misérables, the Song Remains the Same," 15 Jan. 2020 Designers wired more than 49 million LEDs into the 1,500-foot-long overhead video canopy, which arches 90 feet above a busy pedestrian mall along a five-block stretch of Fremont Street. Dallas News, "Mammoth Vegas video screen dwarfs the display at Cowboys Stadium," 11 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Christmas store sacrificed space to cut overhead and to add efficiency. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Weather played crucial role in building progress: Whit & Whimsey," 17 Jan. 2020 Unable to move, Winnie is also unable to completely rest, with an endless sun overhead and a mysterious ringing bell that calls her to wakefulness. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Renaissance Theaterworks embraces the dirty job of mounting Beckett's 'Happy Days'," 16 Jan. 2020 AP Photo/Alexandra Mlejnkova Since 2002, the US, Russia and 32 other countries have allowed each other’s reconnaissance planes to fly overhead and snap pictures of their armed forces. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "What is the Open Skies Treaty and why does Donald Trump want it canceled?," 29 Oct. 2019 In an email to investors, Gordon announced plans to raise menu prices, reduce overhead and increase wholesaling, Willamette Week reported. Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy," 19 Sep. 2019 To reduce overhead, American Giant sells almost entirely online, with only two brick-and-mortar stores. CBS News, "Made in USA: Bringing manufacturing jobs back to the homeland," 1 Sep. 2019 Removing the cap on overhead costs that VPSO employers can bill the state. Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, "Can Alaska’s VPSO program be saved? A task force suggests big changes.," 24 Jan. 2020 Sure, most of the spending on the program—72 percent—has been on overhead costs. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "737 Max fix slips to summer—and that’s just one of Boeing’s problems," 21 Jan. 2020 Despite abysmal retention rates, high overhead costs and disagreements between the state and regional employers on how to manage and fund VPSOs, the federal government is doubling down on the program. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "After the Last Cop Killed Himself, All the Criminals Have to Do Is Hide," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of overhead

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of overhead was in the 15th century

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11 Feb 2020

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“Overhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhead. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for overhead

overhead

noun

Financial Definition of overhead

What It Is

Overhead refers to the ongoing operating expenses necessary to running a business, but are not attributed to a specific business activity.  Also referred to as "indirect costs."

How It Works

Generally, overhead expenses include expenses that do not directly generate revenues, such as labor and materials, but are needed to maintain the business operations.  Overhead expenses include expenses such as accounting, advertising, depreciation, insurance, interest, legal, rent, repairs, office supplies, taxes, information and communications, utilities, research and development, customer relations and service, and travel.  These overhead expenses are listed on the company's income statement.

Why It Matters

Overhead costs are considered fixed costs, that is, they do not rise or fall directly with the cost of goods sold.   Overhead costs are important to monitor and control.  Since they are not directly related to revenues, they can become a larger share of the total expenses and burden a company, soaking up net income and profits.

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overhead

adverb
How to pronounce overhead (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of overhead

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

overhead

noun
How to pronounce overhead (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of overhead (Entry 2 of 2)

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

overhead

adverb
over·​head | \ ˌō-vər-ˈhed How to pronounce overhead (audio) \

Kids Definition of overhead

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

overhead

adjective
over·​head | \ ˈō-vər-ˌhed How to pronounce overhead (audio) \

Kids Definition of overhead (Entry 2 of 3)

: placed in the space above someone an overhead light

overhead

noun
over·​head | \ ˈō-vər-ˌhed How to pronounce overhead (audio) \

Kids Definition of overhead (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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overhead

noun
over·​head | \ ˈō-vər-ˌhed How to pronounce overhead (audio) \

Legal Definition of overhead

: business expenses (as rent or insurance) not chargeable to a particular part of the work or product

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