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 Tear gas wafted through the air, state police helicopters flew overhead, some people were bleeding from rubber bullet wounds. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "One city in Alabama is quietly dropping arrests made during last summer’s racial justice protests," 6 Apr. 2021 Information about Jones wouldn't be public for days, so as helicopters flew overhead and police dogs searched the surrounding woods, residents logged on to Facebook. NBC News, "In a Pennsylvania town, a Facebook group fills the local news void," 5 Apr. 2021 For two days, the town was engulfed in sporadic fighting between the militants and national security forces as helicopters operated by the South African private contractors flew overhead. New York Times, "As Militants Seize Mozambique Gas Hub, a Dash for Safety Turns Deadly," 28 Mar. 2021 The good news is the gusts calm some as high pressure settles in overhead and provides mostly sunny skies. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Soggy at times today into early Monday; highs in the 40s and 50s through midweek," 28 Feb. 2021 In southern Afghanistan, U.S. jets fly overhead almost nightly. New York Times, "U.S. Has 1,000 More Troops in Afghanistan Than It Disclosed," 14 Mar. 2021 Often the sound of dripping sap and the aroma of boiling sap into syrup were mixed with the sound of big wings beating and the deep musical honking of Canada geese passing overhead. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "Sights of Canada geese, maple syrup season go together for naturalist," 11 Mar. 2021 The zero emissions aircraft, which Joby Aviation says is quiet at takeoff and near silent when flying overhead, is expected to be able to transport four passengers and a pilot up to 150 miles on a single charge and cruise at 200 mph. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Matt Field, CFO of Ford North America, leaves for Joby Aviation air taxi service," 24 Feb. 2021 In fact, the experiment is so delicate that unrelated events such as an airplane flying overhead, wind buffeting the building or tiny seismic shifts in the ground beneath the detector can disturb the lasers in ways that mimic gravitational signals. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, "Gravitational Waves Discovered from Colliding Black Holes," 11 Feb. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Despite the fact the officer turned on his overhead emergency lights after the Jeep turned onto Albion Road, the driver didn’t pull over for a while. John Benson, cleveland, "Friendly drunk driver just wants to go home: North Royalton Police Blotter," 31 Mar. 2021 The overhead lights, which can be moved along beams running side to side and front and back, are augmented by lighting towers at the side of the stage. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Go behind the scenes and see how Orlando Ballet’s new Great Hall will make magic," 9 Mar. 2021 Above me, the overhead lights were bright, so bright. Jaquira Díaz, Time, "I Avoided Facing My Mental Illness for Decades. The Pandemic Changed That," 3 Mar. 2021 Senate rules require a negative test, conducted in a tent outside the Capitol’s north entrance, before anybody can walk onto the Senate floor, sit in the overhead gallery or enter a Senate committee room for a hearing. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Underground proms, popcorn problems, lobster relief: News from around our 50 states," 25 Mar. 2021 Other preliminary plans include the addition of a 20-seat poker bar with 65-inch LCD overhead screens as well as new surface parking, table games, slots, chairs, flooring and lighting. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, "This Indiana casino is undergoing a $32.5M expansion and creating 100 new jobs," 25 Mar. 2021 Now Kevin is an expert in what’s called pattern-of-life analysis, an esoteric discipline that involves establishing a person’s identity based on his or her cumulative habits, much of which is captured from overhead surveillance. Annie Jacobsen, Wired, "Palantir’s God’s-Eye View of Afghanistan," 20 Jan. 2021 It’s the mid-size organizations with higher overhead costs, full-time staff, and rent obligations that have struggled the most. Diti Kohli, BostonGlobe.com, "By the numbers: A year in ‘fiscal freefall’ for Massachusetts arts and culture," 12 Mar. 2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art approved a policy last week that allows proceeds from the sale of works from its collection to be used for salaries and overhead costs associated with the collection’s care. Washington Post, "The Met is selling art to survive the pandemic. Critics say it’s a dangerous precedent.," 8 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The sound of an airplane overhead, an overheard conversation, even the rustling of trees can provide a spark. New York Times, "Satoko Fujii, a Pianist Who Finds Music Hidden in the Details of Life," 17 Mar. 2021 But for the dull roar of bridge traffic overhead, the island feels far from city life. Washington Post, "Biologists say a wider American Legion Bridge would destroy critical research site," 11 Dec. 2020 Purchases of everyday office supplies, like printer paper, pens or file folders also count toward overhead. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "How to start a business," 24 Mar. 2021 Here’s a guy just trying to create a nice, funny time for this audience, and there’s the reality of the outside world buzzing by overhead, looming in the sky, ready to interrupt at any moment. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, "Nate Bargatze Invites You to Be Clueless, Too," 18 Mar. 2021 Twenty-one minutes after his departure, from a plane overhead, Redington could be seen passing an approaching team. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, "Mushers at the Iditarod’s midpoint prep for a new challenge: Head-on traffic," 12 Mar. 2021 However, working remotely has its benefits: less in-office overhead for you as the employer and more freedom and flexibility for your employees. Yec, Forbes, "How To Manage Your Remote Team As Your Company Grows," 2 Mar. 2021 Food constitutes roughly seventy per cent of the industry’s overhead, and so far the only commercially viable form is fish meal. Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, "Fish Farming Is Feeding the Globe. What’s the Cost for Locals?," 1 Mar. 2021 Every now and then a neighboring planet would drift by overhead, the nearest ones appearing twice the size of Earth’s full moon in the sky. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Nearby Star Hosts 7 Earth-Size Planets," 22 Feb. 2017

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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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“Overhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhead. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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overhead

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of overhead

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

overhead

noun

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

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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