Definition of Overhead

1. Noun. The expense of maintaining property (e.g., paying property taxes and utilities and insurance); it does not include depreciation or the cost of financing or income taxes.

Exact synonyms: Budget Items, Operating Cost, Operating Expense
Generic synonyms: Disbursal, Disbursement, Expense
Category relationships: Revenue Enhancement, Tax, Taxation
Group relationships: Operating Budget

2. Adjective. Located or originating from above. "An overhead crossing"
Antonyms: Subsurface, Surface

3. Adverb. Above your head; in the sky. "Planes were flying overhead"

4. Noun. (computer science) the processing time required by a device prior to the execution of a command.
Exact synonyms: Command Overhead, Command Processing Overhead, Command Processing Overhead Time
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing
Group relationships: Access Time
Generic synonyms: Processing Time

5. Adverb. Above the head; over the head. "Bring the legs together overhead"

6. Noun. (computer science) the disk space required for information that is not data but is used for location and timing.
Exact synonyms: Disk Overhead
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing
Generic synonyms: Disc Space, Disk Space

7. Noun. A transparency for use with an overhead projector.
Exact synonyms: Viewgraph
Generic synonyms: Foil, Transparency

8. Noun. (nautical) the top surface of an enclosed space on a ship.
Category relationships: Navigation, Sailing, Seafaring
Group relationships: Cabin
Generic synonyms: Ceiling

9. Noun. A hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head.
Exact synonyms: Smash
Generic synonyms: Return
Derivative terms: Smash

Definition of Overhead

1. adv. Aloft; above; in or attached to the ceiling or roof; in the story or upon the floor above; in the zenith.

Definition of Overhead

1. Adjective. located above, especially over the head ¹

2. Adjective. (business accounting) of, or relating to the operating expenses of a business ¹

3. Adjective. (soccer) kicked over one's own head ¹

4. Noun. (uncountable business accounting) The expense of a business not directly assigned to goods or services provided. ¹

5. Noun. (countable business accounting) The items or classes of expense not directly assigned to goods or services provided. ¹

6. Noun. Any cost or expenditure (monetary, time, effort or otherwise) incurred in a project or activity, which does not directly contribute to the progress or outcome of the project or activity. ¹

7. Noun. (uncountable business ) Wasted money. ¹

8. Noun. (tennis) A smash. ¹

9. Noun. (nautical) The ceiling of any enclosed space below decks in a vessel ¹

10. Noun. (transport) The system of overhead wires used to power electric transport, such as streetcars, trains, or buses. ¹

11. Noun. (computing) data or steps of computation that is only used to facilitate the computations in the system and is not directly related to the actual program code or data being processed. ¹

12. Noun. (juggling by ellipsis) An overhead throw. ¹

13. Adverb. above one's head;in the sky ¹

14. Noun. An overhead projector. ¹

15. Noun. A sheet of transparent material with an image used with an overhead projector; an overhead transparency. ¹

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Definition of Overhead

1. the general cost of running a business [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Overhead

overhead (current term)
overhead cam
overhead cover
overhead kick
overhead line
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overhead press
overhead presses
overhead projector
overhead projectors
overhead railway
overhead valve

Literary usage of Overhead

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Annual Report by New Jersey Civil Service Commission (1908)
"I. That Hie Lawson road highway grade crossing of The Terminal Railway of Buffalo in the town of Cheektowaga, Erie county, shall be changed to an overhead ..."

2. Journal by Texas Legislature. Senate, Legislature, Texas State Library, Texas (1913)
"overhead charge for general system, expense and per diem amounts to $5.70 per month, and increases per capita cost to this extent. 1912. ..."

3. Electrical Review (1891)
"We are aware that in the case of the metropolis and of large towns your department has already decided that overhead conductors can only be permitted as a ..."

4. Proceedings by Institution of Municipal Engineers, London, Incorporated Association of Municipal and County Engineers, Association of Municipal and Sanitary Engineers and Surveyors (1901)
"METHODS OF SAFETY FOR THE overhead ELECTRIC TROLLEY SYSTEM. ... Obviously it is most important that the overhead trolley system, when installed, ..."

5. Public Utilities; Their Cost New and Depreciation by Hammond Vinton Hayes (1913)
"Knowing this relation, the cost of construction determined by means of the unit costs can be increased by a definite percentage to cover such overhead ..."

6. A Handbook of the Petroleum Industry by David Talbot Day (1922)
"(2) Heavy ends (overhead; burning oil distillate) to gas-oil. ... (3) Pressed distillate (overhead; gas-oil, lubricating cuts) to heavy lubricating stocks. ..."

7. A Handbook of the Petroleum Industry by David Talbot Day (1922)
"(4) overhead lubricating cuts (overhead; gas-oil, lubricating cuts) to light lubricating stocks. (5) Wax distillate (overhead; gas-oil, wax-oil) to fuel oil ..."

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