- over one's head; aloft; up in the air or sky, especially near the zenith: There was a cloud overhead.
- so as to be completely submerged or deeply involved: to plunge overhead in water; to sink overhead in debt.
- situated, operating, or passing above, aloft, or over the head: an overhead sprinkler system.
- of or relating to the general cost of running a business: overhead expenses; an overhead charge.
- the general, fixed cost of running a business, as rent, lighting, and heating expenses, which cannot be charged or attributed to a specific product or part of the work operation.
- Accounting. that part of manufacturing costs for which cost per unit produced is not readily assignable.
- (in a hoistway) the distance between the last floor level served and the beam supporting the hoisting sheaves or machinery.
- (in racket sports) a stroke in which the ball or shuttlecock is hit with a downward motion from above the head; smash.
- an overhead compartment, shelf, etc.: Pillows are in the overhead above each passenger's seat.
- Also called overhead shot. Movies, Television. a shot in which the camera is positioned above the actors, especially directly overhead.
- a ceiling light in a room: Turn off the overheads when you leave.
- Also called overhead projector. a projector capable of projecting images above and behind the person operating it, thus allowing a lecturer or speaker to remain facing the audience while using it.
- Also called overhead projection. a picture or image projected in this manner: a lecture enhanced with overheads.
Origin of overhead
Related Words for overheadaloft, atop, aerial, upward, skyward, expense, upkeep, upper, over, above, roof, hanging, outlay, budget, expenses, cost, rent, burden, depreciation, insurance
Examples from the Web for overhead
Contemporary Examples of overhead
Bulbs strung among branches in the overhead wild hibiscus tree form a radiant canopy.A Magical Meal at Louie’s Backyard in the Conch Republic
Jane & Michael Stern
July 13, 2014
On shorter routes, overhead electrical wires began to provide the juice.Diesel Trains May Soon Use Natural Gas Instead
The Daily Beast
May 27, 2014
Overhead, a white canopy painted with brightly colored flowerpots tempers the rain and wind.A Dickensian Christmas For Greece’s New Poor
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 22, 2013
In a typical day, he has to spend 14 hours on the job to make enough money to cover his overhead and earn a profit.Stop Whining About Uber’s Surge Pricing
December 16, 2013
The police were overhead in a helicopter trying to persuade the young man to come down.The Marine and His Cousin the Firefighter
Maurice Emerson Decaul
September 11, 2013
Historical Examples of overhead
Overhead is the starry sky, bathed in the pale radiance of the moon.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Overhead the drawing-room windows shone with a cozy, warm radiance.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Overhead to the right swept the Great Bridge of my childhood.The Harbor
It was the overhead cover, I fancy, that saved us this time.
Yes, Tom, but there again they get their power from an overhead wire.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
- situated or operating above head height or some other reference level
- (prenominal) inclusivethe overhead price included meals
- over or above head height, esp in the sky
- a stroke in racket games played from above head height
- (as modifier)an overhead smash
- nautical the interior lining above one's head below decks in a vessel
- short for overhead door
- (modifier) of, concerned with, or resulting from overheadsoverhead costs
All costs of running a business other than wages paid to production workers or payments for raw material to be used in production. Overhead includes the cost of renting or leasing a store in which business is transacted, the cost of heating a factory, and similar expenses.