Definitions for Overheadˈoʊ vərˈhɛd; ˈoʊ vərˌhɛd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•headˈoʊ vərˈhɛd; ˈoʊ vərˌhɛd(adv.; adj., n.)

  1. above one's head; aloft; up in the air or sky, esp. near the zenith.

  2. so as to be completely submerged or engulfed:

    to plunge overhead in water.

  3. (adj.)situated, operating, or passing above, aloft, or over the head.

  4. of or pertaining to the general costs of running a business.

  5. (n.)the general, fixed costs of running a business, as rent, lighting, and heating expenses, that cannot be charged to a specific product or part of the work operation.

    Category: Business

  6. (in racket sports) a stroke in which the ball or shuttlecock is hit with a downward motion from above the head; smash.

    Category: Sport

  7. an overhead compartment, shelf, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. a ceiling light.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  9. Also called o′verhead projec′tor. an apparatus that projects images above and behind the operator when transparencies are placed horizontally on its surface and lighted from below.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  10. Also called o′verhead projec′tion. a picture or image thus projected.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of overhead:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. operating expense, operating cost, overhead, budget items(noun)

    the expense of maintaining property (e.g., paying property taxes and utilities and insurance); it does not include depreciation or the cost of financing or income taxes

  2. command processing overhead time, command processing overhead, command overhead, overhead(noun)

    (computer science) the processing time required by a device prior to the execution of a command

  3. disk overhead, overhead(noun)

    (computer science) the disk space required for information that is not data but is used for location and timing

  4. viewgraph, overhead(noun)

    a transparency for use with an overhead projector

  5. overhead(noun)

    (nautical) the top surface of an enclosed space on a ship

  6. overhead, smash(adj)

    a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head

  7. overhead(adverb)

    located or originating from above

    "an overhead crossing"

  8. overhead(adverb)

    above your head; in the sky

    "planes were flying overhead"

  9. overhead(adverb)

    above the head; over the head

    "bring the legs together overhead"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. overhead(adverb)ˈoʊ vərˈhɛd; adj., n. ˈoʊ vərˌhɛd

    above sb

    Seagulls cried overhead.; the overhead luggage compartments in the plane


  1. overhead(Noun)

    The expense of a business not directly assigned to goods or services provided.

  2. overhead(Noun)

    The items or classes of expense not directly assigned to goods or services provided.

  3. overhead

    Any cost or expenditure (monetary, time, effort or otherwise) incurred in a project or activity, which does not directly contribute to the progress or outcome of the project or activity.

  4. overhead

    Wasted money.

  5. overhead

    A smash.

  6. overhead

    The ceiling of any enclosed space below decks in a vessel

  7. overhead

    The system of overhead wires used to power electric transport, such as streetcars, trains, or buses.

  8. overhead

    data or steps of computation that is only used to facilitate the computations in the system and is not directly related to the actual program code or data being processed.

    Network overhead is the header data that is required to route and transport data over network, whereas fork overhead is the additional time and memory cost of creating and managing new processes within operating system.

  9. overhead

    An overhead throw.

  10. overhead(Noun)

    An overhead projector.

  11. overhead(Noun)

    A sheet of transparent material with an image used with an overhead projector; an overhead transparency.

  12. overhead(Adverb)

    above one's head;in the sky

    Birds flying overhead.

  13. overhead(Adjective)

    located above, especially over the head

    Place your luggage in the overhead bins.

  14. overhead(Adjective)

    of, or relating to the operating expenses of a business

    They tried to reduce overhead costs.

  15. overhead

    kicked over one's own head


  1. Overhead

    In business, overhead or overhead expense refers to an ongoing expense of operating a business; it is also known as an "operating expense". Examples include rent, gas, electricity, and wages. The term overhead is usually used when grouping expenses that are necessary to the continued functioning of the business but cannot be immediately associated with the products or services being offered. Closely related accounting concepts are fixed costs and variable costs as well as indirect costs and direct costs. Overhead expenses are all costs on the income statement except for direct labour, direct materials, and direct expenses. Overhead expenses include accounting fees, advertising, depreciation, insurance, interest, legal fees, rent, repairs, supplies, taxes, telephone bills, travel expenditures, and utilities.

Translations for Overhead

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


above; over one's head

The plane flew overhead; an overhead bridge.

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