Definition of overhead in English:

overhead

adverb

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

    ‘a helicopter buzzed overhead’
    • ‘Helicopters buzz constantly overhead and today a huge fat grey airplane circled low around the city.’
    • ‘A colourful crowd takes shape outside Eau Claire Market as a police helicopter circles overhead.’
    • ‘The nearby trees tower another 15 or 20 feet overhead, their breadfruits and coconuts dangling almost within reach.’
    • ‘Hold your breath as you quickly clean the dumbbells to shoulder level, then forcefully press the weights overhead.’
    • ‘But it passed overhead and soon he could make out the helicopter in the sky, a black against a dark blue.’
    • ‘Today, the occasional helicopter still hovers overhead, and sleepy UN soldiers wave cars through the few remaining checkpoints.’
    • ‘You may be able to overhear the helicopters overhead.’
    • ‘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.’
    above, up above, high up, 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.’
    • ‘The helicopter then showed up overhead the wreckage, about 50 yards away from me.’
    • ‘Instead of buying all new overhead cabinets, the couple found old pieces with character and refurbished them.’
    • ‘The one carry-on bag must fit in an overhead compartment or under the seat.’
    • ‘Why, just the other day one of our overhead lights began to flicker.’
    • ‘He has dozens of armed policemen after him and helicopters overhead.’
    • ‘Ruiz provided one of the best goals of the year with a wonderful overhead kick.’
    • ‘The air was cold, and the drifting of clouds high overhead was more marked.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Up to 51,000 homes across Northern England were caught in the crisis when gales and blizzards damaged overhead power cables.’
    • ‘A helicopter seemed to be overhead the whole time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Four miles of overhead power cable can be erected in the Ringley and Stoneclough area.’
    • ‘News helicopters overhead hovered with cameras sweeping the scene.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is why overhead power cables travelling long distances have a very high voltages.’
    • ‘They also had to replace the trolley pole when it escaped from the overhead wire.’
    • ‘The labourers tapped the overhead power lines situated at least 2 kilometers away from the labour lines on May 16.’
    • ‘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!’
    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’
    • ‘Although very successful over the years, the Honda uses dated overhead valve technology - meaning that the engine relies on pushrods to open the valves.’
    • ‘Next, the engine: a 2.4-liter featuring 16 valves with variable valve timing and double overhead cams.’
    • ‘Look for engines with clean-burning, overhead valves, rather than side-valve engines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The all-aluminum engines feature dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder.’
    • ‘Televisions are in every rack, and a pneumatic overhead hoist is in each hangar bay, just to make the mechanics happy.’
    • ‘The Minor's 850 cc overhead cam engine provided the power for the first MG Midgets.’
    • ‘Beginning with a 123 cc model, the ultimate Maserati motorcycle was a 248 cc vertical twin with overhead cam engine.’
    • ‘This was a single overhead cam 2 litre engine, developing up to 140 BHP and mated to a five speed gearbox.’
    • ‘They have dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder.’
    • ‘Each cylinder features two valves, operated by followers running on an overhead camshaft controlling the charge cycle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Advances in technology means that engines work more efficiently using an overhead cam.’
    • ‘The cylinder head is a single overhead camshaft, two valve type.’
    • ‘Both engines are all-aluminum and have overhead cams and four valves per cylinder.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By comparison, the Cadillac's 16 overhead valves and pushrods sound trite at best.’
  • 3[attributive] (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.’
    • ‘Operating and management costs and overhead expenses will be shared by the owners, with Club One taking over the headache of running the fleet.’
    • ‘Calculate how much you spend in total on ongoing overhead costs including rent, electricity and wages.’
    • ‘The association said its proposal is based on increased overhead costs for maintenance, spare parts and fuel.’
    • ‘Vegetable exports dropped considerably because of factors such as high freight as well as other overhead costs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You'll make more money if you do because your basic overhead cost will remain constant.’
    • ‘A week-long closure of both plants is expected to take place in June, in a further effort to cut overhead costs.’
    • ‘It would simply be part of the overhead expense incurred by the solicitor in the proper conduct of his practice.’
    • ‘If you manage your overhead costs properly, you will impact directly on your bottom line cost base.’
    • ‘Without huge overhead costs, each extra dollar of revenue sees more profit fall to the bottom line.’
    • ‘The Landlord does not accrue substantial overhead expenses, as only a skeletal support organization is needed.’
    • ‘Administration and overhead costs include internal administration, overheads, and management fees to external agencies.’
    • ‘She saves on overhead costs by owning her properties, which enriches her businesses.’
    • ‘On the other hand, a small company with lower overhead costs may be able to justify serving much smaller segments who have distinctive needs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Few exchanges offer opportunities to cover overhead expenses, such as cost of goods, payroll, and rent.’

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’
    • ‘With a reduced need for EU directive related enforcement/monitoring required, a much reduced administrative overhead is anticipated.’
    • ‘Scrutinise your ‘small costs’ or overheads, benchmark them and implement recommendations.’
    • ‘These networks have low overhead and low variable costs.’
    • ‘By outsourcing, they can reduce cost and overhead, or redirect expenses to R & D and marketing to drive future growth.’
    • ‘Effective ministry does not require huge overheads from the costs of buildings and people.’
    • ‘The costs included overheads such as salaries, rents and repairs but no depreciation as all improvements were charged to the year's account.’
    • ‘We have to adjust our costs, overheads and pricing accordingly, otherwise we are out of business.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Storage consolidation offers a number of benefits, including ease of deployment and reduced administrative overhead.’
    • ‘He needed to keep fighting because of his huge costs and overheads.’
    • ‘Their marketing costs and other overheads are negligible, so getting their sound into the shops is very cheap.’
    • ‘Reducing your overheads and achieving cost savings in other areas of your business will take time to plan and achieve.’
    • ‘Others are postponing capital expenses or cutting overhead.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Administration and overhead costs include internal administration, overheads, and management fees to external agencies.’
    • ‘Advantages to DOD include reduced administrative overhead and reduced costs plus improved assurance of availability.’
    • ‘Discounters sell less expensive, private-label brands and keep overheads low by stocking limited amounts of perishables that require close attention.’
    • ‘As many pubs struggle with high overheads and fixed costs, estate management contracts are also becoming more appealing.’
    running costs, operating costs, fixed costs, budget items, costs, expenses
    oncosts
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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 got my bag from the overhead and started off the plane.’
    • ‘Tarl stood up and grabbed her bag from the overhead.’
    • ‘I helped her put her luggage up in the overhead so that she would not hit sleeping people while trying to lift it.’
    • ‘Blair reached up to the overhead to retrieve his pack, and a twinge of remembered pain clutched his chest.’
    • ‘Instead of talking he just removed the luggage from the overhead and stalked out ahead of me.’

Pronunciation:

overhead

Adverb/əʊvəˈhɛd/

overhead

Adjective/ˈəʊvəhɛd/

overhead

Noun/ˈəʊvəhɛd/