Meaning of OVERHEAD in English


I. ˌō-vər-ˈhed adverb

Date: 15th century

: above one's head : aloft

II. ˈō-vər-ˌhed adjective

Date: 1874


a. : operating, lying, or coming from above

b. : having the driving part above the part driven

valves operated by an overhead camshaft

2. : of or relating to overhead

overhead costs

III. ˈō-vər-ˌhed noun

Date: 1914

1. : business expenses (as rent, insurance, or heating) not chargeable to a particular part of the work or product

2. : ceiling ; especially : the ceiling of a ship's compartment

3. : a stroke in a racket game made above head height : smash

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.