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overhead

adverb over·head \ ˌō-vər-ˈhed \
|Updated on: 14 Aug 2018

Definition of overhead

: above one's head : aloft

Examples of overhead in a Sentence

  1. A chandelier hung directly overhead.

  2. People were making noise in the balcony overhead.

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First Known Use of overhead

15th century

in the meaning defined above

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overhead Synonyms

Synonyms

above, aloft, over;

Antonyms

below, beneath, under;

Near Antonyms

underneath;

Related Words

skyward, upward (or upwards);


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overhead

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

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First Known Use of overhead

1682

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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overhead

noun over·head \ ˈō-vər-ˌhed \

Definition of overhead

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

Examples of overhead in a Sentence

  1. Her company has very little overhead.

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First Known Use of overhead

1907

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of OVERHEAD

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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.


OVERHEAD Defined for English Language Learners

overhead

Definition of overhead for English Language Learners

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


overhead

Definition of overhead for English Language Learners

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


OVERHEAD Defined for Kids

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overhead

adverb over·head \ ˌō-vər-ˈhed \

Definition of overhead for Students

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

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overhead

adjective over·head \ ˈō-vər-ˌhed \

Definition of overhead for Students

: placed in the space above someone
  • an overhead light

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overhead

noun over·head \ ˈō-vər-ˌhed \

Definition of overhead for Students

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

Law Dictionary

overhead

noun over·head \ ˈō-vər-ˌhed \

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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