Definition of overhead in English:

overhead

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adverb

Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈhɛd
 
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adjective

Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvəhɛd
 
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  • 1Situated above the level of the head: the sun was directly overhead
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    • The labourers tapped the overhead power lines situated at least 2 kilometers away from the labour lines on May 16.
    • The wire from that pole to ‘our’ pole was too close to an overhead power supply cable and, in the wind, had rubbed through its insulation.
    • Four miles of overhead power cable can be erected in the Ringley and Stoneclough area.
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  • 2(Of a driving mechanism) above the object driven: an overhead cam four-cylinder engine
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    • By comparison, the Cadillac's 16 overhead valves and pushrods sound trite at best.
    • Gasoline engines with overhead valves are less polluting than those with side valves.
    • Although very successful over the years, the Honda uses dated overhead valve technology - meaning that the engine relies on pushrods to open the valves.
  • 3 [attributive] (Of a cost or expense) incurred in the upkeep or running of a plant, premises, or business and not attributable to individual products or items: government departments generally baulk at paying full overhead costs
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    • Operating and management costs and overhead expenses will be shared by the owners, with Club One taking over the headache of running the fleet.
    • It also benefits from some economies of scale, since production in a foreign plant means that corporate overhead costs are spread over a larger corporate output.
    • Few exchanges offer opportunities to cover overhead expenses, such as cost of goods, payroll, and rent.

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvəhɛd
 
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  • 1 (usually overheads) An overhead cost or expense: overheads, such as lighting, equipment, and any little extras, are paid for out of a centralized fund
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    • Huge provisions are being made at major global corporations for the cost of cutting overheads, and this will mean that reported profits are depressed by below-the-line charges for several quarters to come.
    • Scrutinise your ‘small costs’ or overheads, benchmark them and implement recommendations.
    • He needed to keep fighting because of his huge costs and overheads.
    Synonyms
    running costs, operating costs, fixed costs, budget items, costs, expenses; British oncosts
  • 2A transparency designed for use with an overhead projector: software for producing slides, charts, and overheads
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    • The use of these online materials is equivalent to the materials resulting from the traditional practice of reproducing and distributing the class overheads and lecture outlines.
    • The following overheads will outline the weekly structure.
  • 3An overhead compartment, especially on an aircraft: passengers get up to fiddle with their luggage in the overheads
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    • I helped her put her luggage up in the overhead so that she would not hit sleeping people while trying to lift it.
    • Tarl stood up and grabbed her bag from the overhead.
    • Blair reached up to the overhead to retrieve his pack, and a twinge of remembered pain clutched his chest.

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