Definition of overhead in English:

overhead

adverb

Pronunciation /əʊvəˈhɛd/
  • Above the level of the head; in the sky.

    ‘a helicopter buzzed overhead’
    • ‘The nearby trees tower another 15 or 20 feet overhead, their breadfruits and coconuts dangling almost within reach.’
    • ‘Helicopters buzz constantly overhead and today a huge fat grey airplane circled low around the city.’
    • ‘Hold your breath as you quickly clean the dumbbells to shoulder level, then forcefully press the weights overhead.’
    • ‘A colourful crowd takes shape outside Eau Claire Market as a police helicopter circles overhead.’
    • ‘You may be able to overhear the helicopters overhead.’
    • ‘Today, the occasional helicopter still hovers overhead, and sleepy UN soldiers wave cars through the few remaining checkpoints.’
    • ‘Today the man who won a British Empire Medal for his bravery was due to be given a hero's send-off by his old squadron, who planned to fly their helicopters overhead as he was laid to rest.’
    • ‘But it passed overhead and soon he could make out the helicopter in the sky, a black against a dark blue.’
    above, up above, high up, in the sky, up in the sky, on high, above one's head, over one's head, in flight, aloft
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adjective

Pronunciation /ˈəʊvəhɛd/
  • 1Situated above the level of the head.

    ‘the sun was directly overhead’
    • ‘His eyes roamed the dense canopy 150 feet overhead, spotting every monkey, toucan, tree rat, and sloth around us.’
    • ‘Four miles of overhead power cable can be erected in the Ringley and Stoneclough area.’
    • ‘Instead of buying all new overhead cabinets, the couple found old pieces with character and refurbished them.’
    • ‘The air was cold, and the drifting of clouds high overhead was more marked.’
    • ‘He has dozens of armed policemen after him and helicopters overhead.’
    • ‘The labourers tapped the overhead power lines situated at least 2 kilometers away from the labour lines on May 16.’
    • ‘In less time than it takes to tell, Swan had an overhead kick cleared off the line by Frost, before the equaliser arrived from a penalty after 61 minutes.’
    • ‘A helicopter seemed to be overhead the whole time.’
    • ‘They also had to replace the trolley pole when it escaped from the overhead wire.’
    • ‘News helicopters overhead hovered with cameras sweeping the scene.’
    • ‘Why, just the other day one of our overhead lights began to flicker.’
    • ‘This is why overhead power cables travelling long distances have a very high voltages.’
    • ‘A total of 8 cameras will provide comprehensive coverage, capturing all the on-field action from ground level and overhead views.’
    • ‘The rubber inflatable octopus in the overhead compartment is for important financial purposes only!’
    • ‘The helicopter then showed up overhead the wreckage, about 50 yards away from me.’
    • ‘The wire from that pole to ‘our’ pole was too close to an overhead power supply cable and, in the wind, had rubbed through its insulation.’
    • ‘Ruiz provided one of the best goals of the year with a wonderful overhead kick.’
    • ‘The one carry-on bag must fit in an overhead compartment or under the seat.’
    • ‘We all got very wet waiting for the helicopters overhead to edge nearer, and for the snail's pace queue of ordinary buses to finally end.’
    • ‘Up to 51,000 homes across Northern England were caught in the crisis when gales and blizzards damaged overhead power cables.’
    aerial, elevated, raised, suspended, projecting, overhanging
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  • 2(of a driving mechanism) above the object driven.

    ‘an overhead cam four-cylinder engine’
    • ‘By comparison, the Cadillac's 16 overhead valves and pushrods sound trite at best.’
    • ‘This was a single overhead cam 2 litre engine, developing up to 140 BHP and mated to a five speed gearbox.’
    • ‘Both engines are all-aluminum and have overhead cams and four valves per cylinder.’
    • ‘Beginning with a 123 cc model, the ultimate Maserati motorcycle was a 248 cc vertical twin with overhead cam engine.’
    • ‘Both engines have cast aluminum blocks and heads; both have dual overhead cams.’
    • ‘The capacity is 2.5 litres and the motor has 12 valves actuated by a single overhead cam.’
    • ‘Look for engines with clean-burning, overhead valves, rather than side-valve engines.’
    • ‘Cylinder deactivation, a natural for OHV engines, is achievable but far more complex with overhead cams.’
    • ‘One of the biggest growth areas will be the move from overhead valve engines to overhead cam engines.’
    • ‘Advances in technology means that engines work more efficiently using an overhead cam.’
    • ‘The all-aluminum engines feature dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder.’
    • ‘Next, the engine: a 2.4-liter featuring 16 valves with variable valve timing and double overhead cams.’
    • ‘The Minor's 850 cc overhead cam engine provided the power for the first MG Midgets.’
    • ‘Gasoline engines with overhead valves are less polluting than those with side valves.’
    • ‘Today's cars offer overhead cam engines with multiple valves or variable valve timing which provide good fuel economy, but little low end torque.’
    • ‘Each cylinder features two valves, operated by followers running on an overhead camshaft controlling the charge cycle.’
    • ‘They have dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder.’
    • ‘The cylinder head is a single overhead camshaft, two valve type.’
    • ‘Although very successful over the years, the Honda uses dated overhead valve technology - meaning that the engine relies on pushrods to open the valves.’
    • ‘Televisions are in every rack, and a pneumatic overhead hoist is in each hangar bay, just to make the mechanics happy.’
  • 3attributive (of a cost or expense) incurred in the upkeep or running of a plant, premises, or business and not attributable to individual products or items.

    ‘government departments generally baulk at paying full overhead costs’
    • ‘The answer is that finding the money is just an overhead cost of the business, like the rent paid for the premises, or the cost of heating the premises.’
    • ‘The association said its proposal is based on increased overhead costs for maintenance, spare parts and fuel.’
    • ‘The Landlord does not accrue substantial overhead expenses, as only a skeletal support organization is needed.’
    • ‘A week-long closure of both plants is expected to take place in June, in a further effort to cut overhead costs.’
    • ‘Administration and overhead costs include internal administration, overheads, and management fees to external agencies.’
    • ‘It also benefits from some economies of scale, since production in a foreign plant means that corporate overhead costs are spread over a larger corporate output.’
    • ‘Operating and management costs and overhead expenses will be shared by the owners, with Club One taking over the headache of running the fleet.’
    • ‘It's the gross profit that covers the overhead expenses and provides the net profit you need to build the company and get a return on your investment.’
    • ‘Their margins were helped initially because there was little overhead cost.’
    • ‘It would simply be part of the overhead expense incurred by the solicitor in the proper conduct of his practice.’
    • ‘They take up shelf/warehouse space and contribute to increased overhead cost such as insurance.’
    • ‘I thought of the price of fresh ingredients, transport, overhead costs and the travails of a seasonal business.’
    • ‘On the other hand, a small company with lower overhead costs may be able to justify serving much smaller segments who have distinctive needs.’
    • ‘Vegetable exports dropped considerably because of factors such as high freight as well as other overhead costs.’
    • ‘Few exchanges offer opportunities to cover overhead expenses, such as cost of goods, payroll, and rent.’
    • ‘You'll make more money if you do because your basic overhead cost will remain constant.’
    • ‘If you manage your overhead costs properly, you will impact directly on your bottom line cost base.’
    • ‘Calculate how much you spend in total on ongoing overhead costs including rent, electricity and wages.’
    • ‘She saves on overhead costs by owning her properties, which enriches her businesses.’
    • ‘Without huge overhead costs, each extra dollar of revenue sees more profit fall to the bottom line.’

noun

Pronunciation /ˈəʊvəhɛd/
  • 1usually overheadsAn overhead cost or expense.

    ‘overheads, such as lighting, equipment, and any little extras, are paid for out of a centralized fund’
    • ‘Huge provisions are being made at major global corporations for the cost of cutting overheads, and this will mean that reported profits are depressed by below-the-line charges for several quarters to come.’
    • ‘We have to adjust our costs, overheads and pricing accordingly, otherwise we are out of business.’
    • ‘As many pubs struggle with high overheads and fixed costs, estate management contracts are also becoming more appealing.’
    • ‘These networks have low overhead and low variable costs.’
    • ‘Office space, equipment and people - or overheads - all cost the same to run each week whether you are earning the revenue or not.’
    • ‘As for the companies, given their overheads and programme expenses, who would be able to afford to undertake such a venture?’
    • ‘Scrutinise your ‘small costs’ or overheads, benchmark them and implement recommendations.’
    • ‘With a reduced need for EU directive related enforcement/monitoring required, a much reduced administrative overhead is anticipated.’
    • ‘The costs included overheads such as salaries, rents and repairs but no depreciation as all improvements were charged to the year's account.’
    • ‘Others are postponing capital expenses or cutting overhead.’
    • ‘Advantages to DOD include reduced administrative overhead and reduced costs plus improved assurance of availability.’
    • ‘He needed to keep fighting because of his huge costs and overheads.’
    • ‘Effective ministry does not require huge overheads from the costs of buildings and people.’
    • ‘Storage consolidation offers a number of benefits, including ease of deployment and reduced administrative overhead.’
    • ‘The standard pricing strategy is to mark-up the cost of inputs, processes and overheads to whatever the market is believed to be able to bear.’
    • ‘Discounters sell less expensive, private-label brands and keep overheads low by stocking limited amounts of perishables that require close attention.’
    • ‘Reducing your overheads and achieving cost savings in other areas of your business will take time to plan and achieve.’
    • ‘By outsourcing, they can reduce cost and overhead, or redirect expenses to R & D and marketing to drive future growth.’
    • ‘Administration and overhead costs include internal administration, overheads, and management fees to external agencies.’
    • ‘Their marketing costs and other overheads are negligible, so getting their sound into the shops is very cheap.’
    running costs, operating costs, fixed costs, budget items, costs, expenses
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  • 2A transparency designed for use with an overhead projector.

    ‘software for producing slides, charts, and overheads’
    • ‘The use of these online materials is equivalent to the materials resulting from the traditional practice of reproducing and distributing the class overheads and lecture outlines.’
    • ‘The following overheads will outline the weekly structure.’
  • 3An overhead compartment, especially on an aircraft.

    ‘passengers get up to fiddle with their luggage in the overheads’
    • ‘I helped her put her luggage up in the overhead so that she would not hit sleeping people while trying to lift it.’
    • ‘I got my bag from the overhead and started off the plane.’
    • ‘Instead of talking he just removed the luggage from the overhead and stalked out ahead of me.’
    • ‘Tarl stood up and grabbed her bag from the overhead.’
    • ‘Blair reached up to the overhead to retrieve his pack, and a twinge of remembered pain clutched his chest.’

Pronunciation

overhead

Adverb/əʊvəˈhɛd/

overhead

Adjective/ˈəʊvəhɛd/

overhead

Noun/ˈəʊvəhɛd/