Definition of overhand in US English:


adjective & adverb

North American
  • 1(chiefly of a throw or a stroke with a racket) made with the hand or arm passing above the level of the shoulder.

    ‘pitch overhand’
    ‘sidearm and overhand techniques’
    • ‘An overhand throw tossed the grenade out into the hall, where it solidly struck a metal-plated wall and stayed there.’
    • ‘Although this case was most likely uncommon, the mechanism reported here may be responsible for shoulder pain in overhand throwing athletes who do not have evidence of gross instability.’
    • ‘It is well known that overhand throwing athletes can incur lesions related to repetitive microtrauma and the forces generated on the anterior capsule.’
    • ‘The scapula retracts to allow the position necessary for the cocking of the arm prior to an overhand throw.’
    • ‘Previous studies have documented the consistent changes seen in musculature and bone and have documented changes in range of motion in the dominant shoulder of the overhand throwing athlete.’
    • ‘This was only the second perfect game in the league's history since overhand pitching was introduced.’
    • ‘The measured ball velocities at the release of overhand throws in competitive male water polo players have ranged from 16.5 to 19.9 meters/second.’
    • ‘He throws with an overhand motion, releasing the ball before he steps into the crease, usually bouncing the ball on the ground to make it harder for the pie-eater to pick up.’
    • ‘He turned to the container and threw it overhand.’
    • ‘In addition to his sidearm throws, he is mixing in occasional overhand curves and fastballs - the first fastball he threw over the top after he returned registered 93 mph.’
    • ‘Every overhand stroke they made resulted in a point.’
    • ‘This study is a step in determining the relationship between the bony architecture of the shoulder complex and glenohumeral range of motion in this particular overhand throwing athlete population.’
    • ‘He releases every pitch from the same spot with the same arm speed and never strays from his three-quarter overhand delivery.’
    • ‘Throw the ball directly overhand, not side-arm.’
    • ‘The concern with a sidearm passer is defenders will be able to bat down more of his passes at the line than those thrown by quarterbacks with overhand deliveries.’
    • ‘He came through the system as a catcher, and his instinctual throwing motion has him bringing his hand back near his ear for the overhand throw to second.’
    • ‘With the chronic blisters on his pitching hand under control, Beckett, 22, was able to throw his overhand curve again, making him more effective.’
    • ‘He throws an overhand curve and a sweeping curve, both of which top out at 78 mph.’
    • ‘His unorthodox over-the-top delivery makes it difficult for him to throw an overhand breaking ball.’
    • ‘He continued, ‘Even guys who throw overhand but rely on movement and control get ignored.’’
    1. 1.1 With the palm of the hand over what it grasps.
      as adjective ‘an overhand grip’
      • ‘Hold a barbell in both hands with an overhand grip.’
      • ‘Begin this lift by placing your hands in an overhand grip with palms facing your body.’
      • ‘Grasp the handle with a single overhand grip and sit down on the seat as you normally would when doing pull-downs, your quads secured comfortably underneath the pads.’
      • ‘Start with an overhand grip (palms away) on the bar slightly wider than shoulder width.’
      • ‘Step under the bar so it rests on your upper back and grasp it with an overhand grip (as narrow as your flexibility allows), your feet set shoulder width apart.’
      • ‘If you're trying to create a V-taper, using a wide, overhand grip is the way to go.’
      • ‘Grasp a fixed horizontal bar with a wide overhand (palms facing away) grip well outside shoulder width.’
      • ‘I take an overhand grip on the bar - my hands are a little less than shoulder-width apart - and adopt a position in which my body is at a 70-degree angle to the floor.’
      • ‘A curl grip (as opposed to an overhand grip) allows me to get my elbows farther back at the midpoint to ensure a complete stretch and contraction.’
      • ‘Using an overhand grip, extend your arms to the ceiling in line with your chest.’
      • ‘To begin, grasp a pull-up bar with an overhand grip.’
      • ‘Grasp the bar with an overhand (palms-down) grip just outside your legs, arms straight.’
      • ‘Stand with your right side toward the machine and grasp the handle in your right hand with an overhand grip, palm facing in.’
      • ‘She uses an overhand grip, palms facing forward, and makes sure her shoulders, elbows and wrists are all in line.’
      • ‘Take an overhand grip on a high horizontal bar with your hands placed 7-10 inches wider than your shoulders.’
      • ‘With a dumbbell in each hand (or grasping a barbell with an overhand grip), stand with your feet about hip-width apart.’
      • ‘Grasp the barbell with an alternating grip (one hand overhand, one hand underhand) and with your hands slightly wider than your legs.’
      • ‘Take an overhand grip on the V-bar, bend your knees slightly, and lean forward at your waist 10 degrees or so.’
      • ‘With an overhand grip, grasp an EZ-bar or short barbell a little closer than shoulder width.’
      • ‘Use an overhand, wider-than-shoulder-width grip on a pull-up bar.’
    2. 1.2Boxing (of a punch) passing over the other hand.
      ‘caught him with an overhand right’
      • ‘Spinks was now controlling the bout landing uppercuts and overhand rights to the pressuring Muhammad.’
      • ‘His right overhand counters found their mark and his left hook was total story in this round.’
      • ‘Sleagher threw an overhand left and caught Hamel flush and knocked him cold.’
      • ‘Griffin did nothing but lay back and try to counter Tarver with big overhand rights, again, in hopes of ending the bout with one punch.’
      • ‘Go slow to make sure you've got your form dialed, then try throwing overhand punches, taking care to turn your hips into the blow.’