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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Suddenly, Kiriukhina heard a whistling sound overhead. CNN, 12 May 2022 Behold the installation of hundreds of rocks, plucked from an active volcano and suspended overhead! Washington Post, 11 May 2022 In the main room, two large, six-sided lanterns hang overhead. Michelle Terris, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 But the reality is that if Roe falls, the sky will remain safely overhead. Grazie Pozo Christie, National Review, 10 May 2022 But, just as with tabs, too many can add unnecessary overhead to Chrome that can contribute to slower performance issues. Ken Colburn, The Arizona Republic, 9 May 2022 Replace overhead spray irrigation with in-line drip. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2022 Bend your knees slightly, then explosively stand again, straightening your arm overhead. Eric Leija, Men's Health, 6 May 2022 Two soared overhead and found their mark, but the third fell far short, exploding with a horrible explosion within 40 yards of Kost and his mates. Bob P. Brown, chicagotribune.com, 22 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Beginning early next year, new aircrafts will feature larger overhead storage bins for carry-on luggage. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 Southwest Airlines is upgrading its planes, installing personal chargers, larger overhead bins, and other perks customers have come to rely on, the company said this week. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2022 The promised larger overhead bins will also wait until new planes start arriving. Chron, 11 May 2022 As a result, the aircraft experienced dramatic turbulence, which caused some overhead bins to open, items to spill out across the plane and emergency oxygen masks to drop. Manveena Suri And Lilit Marcus, CNN, 3 May 2022 For instance, some airlines have removed the overhead bins from the center seating section in premium cabins, giving those seats a much more open feeling. John Walton, CNN, 16 Dec. 2021 First, dragging luggage through security and fighting for space in the overhead bins keeps getting tougher. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Oct. 2021 Before the deals, Balco and Hindustan Zinc were flailing, bogged down by high overhead costs and low output. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 2 Apr. 2022 And at least one provider has announced plans to close existing test sites as a way to reduce overhead costs associated with the end of the federal reimbursement program. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For example, federal law says health insurers can only retain 15-20% of premiums for profit and overhead. Bob Herman, STAT, 14 May 2022 That increase in overhead would force businesses to ultimately pass those costs to consumers. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 The money goes only to help Ukrainians; there is no overhead. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 14 Mar. 2022 These come from a variety of sources, from smartphone footage to high-resolution overhead images captured by commercial satellite companies. Matt Burgess, Wired, 17 Feb. 2022 Streamline your offerings, cut back on your overhead and find ways to cut costs without cutting corners. Chad Otar, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Net income actually dropped, shrinking by 6% as the rise in overhead, marketing, and other expenses far outpaced earnings. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2022 This includes basic overhead like IT and accounting, training, and human resource activities. Ben Baldanza, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 The school's Instagram Story also showed various team members standing in the ocean waves — a winning tradition depicted on the show — with the golden trophy, topped with a megaphone, held high overhead. Dan Heching, PEOPLE.com, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Overhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhead. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for overhead

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

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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