Overhead meaning

ōvər-hĕd
Frequency:
(1) The amount of processing time used by system software such as the operating system, database manager or network protocols.
2
1
(sports) A stroke in a game, such as tennis or badminton, that is made with a hard downward motion from above the head.
noun
1
1
Overhead is defined as something coming from above or the operating costs of a business.

An example of overhead is the light of the stars.

An example of overhead is the amount of money used to run a company.

noun
0
0
The definition of overhead is relating to the operating costs of a business.

An example of overhead used as an adjective is the phrase "overhead projections," which means how much money a company thinks it will use in an upcoming month, term or year.

adjective
0
0
Located, functioning, or originating from above.
adjective
0
0
Advertisement
Of or relating to the operating expenses of a business.
adjective
0
0
The operating expenses of a business, including the costs of rent, utilities, interior decoration, and taxes, exclusive of labor and materials.
noun
0
0
(nautical) The top surface in an enclosed space of a ship.
noun
0
0
Something, such as a light fixture, that is located above head height.
noun
0
0
Over or above the level of the head; high or higher up.

Look overhead.

adverb
0
0
Advertisement
In the sky.
adjective
0
0
On a higher level, with reference to related objects.

A machine with an overhead drive.

adjective
0
0
Having to do with the overhead of a business.
adjective
0
0
(sports) Made with a downward motion from above the head.

An overhead stroke.

adjective
0
0
The general, continuing costs involved in running a business, as of rent, maintenance, utilities, etc.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
(navy) The ceiling of a compartment.
noun
0
0
(sports) A type of shot, as in tennis, made with a hard, overhead stroke.
noun
0
0
Above the level of the head; aloft.
adverb
0
0
Expenses that aren’t directly related to the production of goods or services, but are more general and company- wide in nature. Examples of overhead are salaries for staff positions at headquarters and in human resources, accounting, payroll, and security departments.
0
0
Data that is not part of the user data, but that is stored or transmitted with it. Overhead can be used for a wide variety of purposes, such as circuit monitoring, channel separation, addressing, error control, priority indication, and congestion management. Although overhead is essential to the integrity of data storage and transmission, it reduces the amount of user data that can be stored or transmitted. In a circuit or channel used to maximum capacity, bandwidth less overhead equals throughput. See also bandwidth and throughput.
0
0
Advertisement
Located above, especially over the head.

Place your luggage in the overhead bins.

adjective
0
0
(soccer) Kicked over one's own head.
adjective
0
0
(uncountable, business, accounting) The expense of a business not directly assigned to goods or services provided.
noun
0
0
(countable, business, accounting) The items or classes of expense not directly assigned to goods or services provided.
noun
0
0
(uncountable) 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.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
(uncountable, business) Wasted money.
noun
0
0
(tennis) A smash.
noun
0
0
(nautical) The ceiling of any enclosed space below decks in a vessel.
noun
0
0
(transport) The system of overhead wires used to power electric transport, such as streetcars, trains, or buses.
noun
0
0
(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.

Network overhead is the header data that is required to route and transport data over network, whereas fork overhead is the additional time and memory cost of creating and managing new processes within operating system.

noun
0
0
Advertisement
(juggling, by ellipsis) An overhead throw.
noun
0
0
Above one's head; in the sky.

Birds flying overhead.

adverb
0
0
(countable) An overhead projector.
noun
0
0
(countable) A sheet of transparent material with an image used with an overhead projector; an overhead transparency.
noun
0
0

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
overhead
Plural:
overheads

Origin of overhead

  • over- +"Ž head

    From Wiktionary