Meaning of OVERHEAD in English


adv. /oh"veuhr hed"/ ; adj. , n. /oh"veuhr hed'/ , adv.

1. over one's head; aloft; up in the air or sky, esp. near the zenith: There was a cloud overhead.

2. so as to be completely submerged or deeply involved: to plunge overhead in water; to sink overhead in debt.


3. situated, operating, or passing above, aloft, or over the head: an overhead sprinkler system.

4. of or pertaining to the general cost of running a business: overhead expenses; an overhead charge.


5. the general, fixed cost of running a business, as rent, lighting, and heating expenses, which cannot be charged or attributed to a specific product or part of the work operation.

6. Accounting. that part of manufacturing costs for which cost per unit produced is not readily assignable.

7. (in a hoistway) the distance between the last floor level served and the beam supporting the hoisting sheaves or machinery.

8. (in racket sports) a stroke in which the ball or shuttlecock is hit with a downward motion from above the head; smash.

9. an overhead compartment, shelf, etc.: Pillows are in the overhead above each passenger's seat.

10. Also called overhead shot . Motion Pictures, Television. a shot in which the camera is positioned above the actors, esp. directly overhead.

11. a ceiling light in a room: Turn off the overheads when you leave.

12. Also called overhead projector . a projector capable of projecting images above and behind the person operating it, thus allowing a lecturer or speaker to remain facing the audience while using it.

13. Also called overhead projection . a picture or image projected in this manner: a lecture enhanced with overheads.

[ 1425-75; late ME; see OVER-, HEAD ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .