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overhand Syllabification: o·ver·hand
Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌhand/

Definition of overhand in English:

adjective& adverb

1chiefly North American (Chiefly of a throw or a stroke with a racket) made with the hand or arm passing above the level of the shoulder: pitch overhand sidearm and overhand techniques
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  • The measured ball velocities at the release of overhand throws in competitive male water polo players have ranged from 16.5 to 19.9 meters/second.
  • He came through the system as a catcher, and his instinctual throwing motion has him bringing his hand back near his ear for the overhand throw to second.
  • Previous studies have documented the consistent changes seen in musculature and bone and have documented changes in range of motion in the dominant shoulder of the overhand throwing athlete.
1.1With the palm of the hand over what it grasps: [as adjective]: an overhand grip
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  • Begin this lift by placing your hands in an overhand grip with palms facing your body.
  • Start with an overhand grip (palms away) on the bar slightly wider than shoulder width.
  • She uses an overhand grip, palms facing forward, and makes sure her shoulders, elbows and wrists are all in line.
1.2 Boxing (Of a punch) passing over the other hand: caught him with an overhand right
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  • Go slow to make sure you've got your form dialed, then try throwing overhand punches, taking care to turn your hips into the blow.
  • Spinks was now controlling the bout landing uppercuts and overhand rights to the pressuring Muhammad.
  • His right overhand counters found their mark and his left hook was total story in this round.

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