Definition of overhand in 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every overhand stroke they made resulted in a point.’
    • ‘He releases every pitch from the same spot with the same arm speed and never strays from his three-quarter overhand delivery.’
    • ‘This was only the second perfect game in the league's history since overhand pitching was introduced.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An overhand throw tossed the grenade out into the hall, where it solidly struck a metal-plated wall and stayed there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘With the chronic blisters on his pitching hand under control, Beckett, 22, was able to throw his overhand curve again, making him more effective.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The scapula retracts to allow the position necessary for the cocking of the arm prior to an overhand throw.’
    • ‘He turned to the container and threw it overhand.’
    • ‘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 continued, ‘Even guys who throw overhand but rely on movement and control get ignored.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 With the palm of the hand over what it grasps.
      as adjective ‘an overhand grip’
      • ‘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 a fixed horizontal bar with a wide overhand (palms facing away) grip well outside shoulder width.’
      • ‘Take an overhand grip on the V-bar, bend your knees slightly, and lean forward at your waist 10 degrees or so.’
      • ‘Start with an overhand grip (palms away) on the bar slightly wider than shoulder width.’
      • ‘Begin this lift by placing your hands in an overhand grip with palms facing your body.’
      • ‘Hold a barbell in both hands with an overhand grip.’
      • ‘Grasp the bar with an overhand (palms-down) grip just outside your legs, arms straight.’
      • ‘Grasp the barbell with an alternating grip (one hand overhand, one hand underhand) and with your hands slightly wider than your legs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Use an overhand, wider-than-shoulder-width grip on a pull-up bar.’
      • ‘Using an overhand grip, extend your arms to the ceiling in line with your chest.’
      • ‘With an overhand grip, grasp an EZ-bar or short barbell a little closer than shoulder width.’
      • ‘She uses an overhand grip, palms facing forward, and makes sure her shoulders, elbows and wrists are all in line.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To begin, grasp a pull-up bar with an overhand grip.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Stand with your right side toward the machine and grasp the handle in your right hand with an overhand grip, palm facing in.’
    2. 1.2Boxing (of a punch) passing over the other hand.
      ‘caught him with an overhand right’
      • ‘His right overhand counters found their mark and his left hook was total story in this round.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sleagher threw an overhand left and caught Hamel flush and knocked him cold.’
      • ‘Spinks was now controlling the bout landing uppercuts and overhand rights to the pressuring Muhammad.’
      • ‘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.’