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overhand

[ oh-ver-hand ]

adjective

  1. thrown or performed with the hand raised over the shoulder; overarm:

    overhand stroke.

  2. with the hand and part or all of the arm raised above the shoulder:

    to pitch overhand.

  3. (in sewing and embroidery) with close, shallow stitches over two edges.


adverb

  1. with the hand over the object:

    to grasp one's fork overhand.

noun

  1. an overhand stroke, throw, or delivery.

verb (used with object)

  1. to sew overhand.

overhand

/ ˈəʊvəˌhænd /

adjective

  1. thrown or performed with the hand raised above the shoulder
  2. sewn with thread passing over two edges in one direction


adverb

  1. with the hand above the shoulder; overarm
  2. with shallow stitches passing over two edges

verb

  1. to sew (two edges) overhand
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Word History and Origins

Origin of overhand1

First recorded in 1860–65; over- + hand
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Example Sentences

If the weight is heavy for you, hold it with both hands, using an overhand grip with the right.

Throwing himself forward, headed downstream, Tad struck out with long, overhand strokes for the Chinaman.

But even as he drew back his arms, Bunny whirled and made an overhand pass to his captain.

The overhand stitch is used as an ornamental stitch for joining selvages and in hemming.

The pieces for an overhand seam should be pinned carefully, placing the pins at right angles to the edge.

Fold as in an ordinary hem, then fold the hem back on the right side and overhand the edge formed, taking fine stitches.

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