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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Located, functioning, or originating from above.
  • adj. Of or relating to the operating expenses of a business.
  • n. The operating expenses of a business, including the costs of rent, utilities, interior decoration, and taxes, exclusive of labor and materials.
  • n. Nautical The top surface in an enclosed space of a ship.
  • n. Something, such as a light fixture, that is located above head height.
  • n. Sports A stroke in a game, such as tennis or badminton, that is made with a hard downward motion from above the head.
  • n. An overhead projector.
  • n. The image projected by an overhead projector.
  • adv. Over or above the level of the head; high or higher up: look overhead.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. located above, especially over the head
  • adj. kicked over one's own head
  • n. The expense of a business not directly assigned to goods or services provided.
  • n. The items or classes of expense not directly assigned to goods or services provided.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Wasted money.
  • n. A smash.
  • n. The ceiling of any enclosed space below decks in a vessel
  • n. The system of overhead wires used to power electric transport, such as streetcars, trains, or buses.
  • n. 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.
  • n. An overhead throw.
  • adv. above one's head;in the sky
  • n. An overhead projector.
  • n. A sheet of transparent material with an image used with an overhead projector; an overhead transparency.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Aloft; above; in or attached to the ceiling or roof; in the story or upon the floor above; in the zenith.
  • n. same as overhead expenses.
  • n. A compartment on a train, bus, or airplane used for storage of luggage or accessory equipment; called also overhead compartment.
  • n. A stroke with a racket in which the ball is struck with the racket over the head, moving in a downward motion; also called overhead stroke.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Aloft; above; in the zenith; in the ceiling or story above.
  • Per head: properly two words.
  • Situated above or aloft.
  • So that something is over one's head: as, to be ducked overhead in the river.
  • Average; applicable to all.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. above your head; in the sky
  • n. 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
  • n. (nautical) the top surface of an enclosed space on a ship
  • adv. above the head; over the head
  • adj. located or originating from above
  • n. a transparency for use with an overhead projector
  • n. a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head
  • n. (computer science) the processing time required by a device prior to the execution of a command
  • n. (computer science) the disk space required for information that is not data but is used for location and timing

Etymologies

over- +‎ head (Wiktionary)

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