(1)   Located or originating from above
"An overhead crossing"


(2)   Above the head; over the head
"Bring the legs together overhead"
(3)   Above your head; in the sky
"Planes were flying overhead"


(4)   A hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head
(5)   (nautical) the top surface of an enclosed space on a ship
(6)   A transparency for use with an overhead projector
(7)   (computer science) the disk space required for information that is not data but is used for location and timing
(8)   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
(9)   (computer science) the processing time required by a device prior to the execution of a command


  1. located above, especially over the head
    Place your luggage in the overhead bins.
  2. of, or relating to the operating expenses of a business
    They tried to reduce overhead costs.


  1. The expense of a business not directly assigned to goods or services provided.
  2. The items or classes of expense not directly assigned to goods or services provided.
  3. 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.
  4. Wasted money.
  5. - An overhead smash is a tennis stroke when the ball is high enough to strike with an arm motion that allows the racquet to follow a path up and over the head of the person striking the ball.
  6. The ceiling of any enclosed space below decks in a vessel
  7. The system of overhead wires used to power electric transport, such as streetcars, trains, or buses.


  1. above one's head;in the sky
    Birds flying overhead.


  1. An overhead projector.
  2. A sheet of transparent material with an image used with an overhead projector; an overhead transparency.