• (RP)
    • (adjective, noun) enPR: ōʹvə-hĕd', IPA: /ˈəʊvəˌhɛd/
    • (adverb) enPR: ō'və-hĕdʹ, IPA: /ˌəʊvəˈhɛd/
  • (America)
    • (adjective, noun) enPR: ōʹvər-hĕd', IPA: /ˈoʊvɚˌhɛd/
    • (adverb) enPR: ō'və-hĕdʹ, IPA: /ˌoʊvɚˈhɛd/


  1. located above, especially over the head
    Place your luggage in the overhead lockers.
  2. (soccer) kicked over one's own head
Translations Translations
  • Russian: накладно́й
  • Spanish: gastos generales


  1. (uncountable, business, accounting) The expense of a business not directly assigned to goods or services provided.
  2. (countable, business, accounting) The items or classes of expense not directly assigned to goods or services provided.
  3. (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.
  4. (uncountable, business) Wasted money.
  5. (tennis) A smash#Noun|smash.
  6. (nautical) The ceiling of any enclosed space below decks in a vessel.
  7. A compartment above the seats for stowing luggage in a passenger aircraft.
  8. (transport) The system of overhead wires used to power electric transport, such as streetcars, trains, or buses.
  9. (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.
  10. (juggling, by ellipsis) An overhead throw.
  • French: frais généraux
  • German: allgemeine Unkosten
  • Italian: costi di gestione
  • Portuguese: overhead
  • Russian: накладны́е расхо́ды
  • Spanish: gastos generales
Translations Translations
  • German: vergeudetes Geld
  • Spanish: sobrecargado
Translations Adverb


  1. Above one's head; in the sky.
    birds flying overhead
  2. (archaic) Per head; for each individual.
    • 1838, Thomas Chalmers, On Church Extension (page 194)
      […] the influence of the minister's week-day attentions, first in creating, and afterwards in keeping up among the people of his parish their habit of Sabbath attendance. So indispensable in towns is the connexion between these two things, that were seat-rents let down at this moment to two shillings overhead, or even annihilated, so as to throw open the whole of the church room at accessible prices to the lowest of the people, we shall greatly mistake the result if we look for a great and visible increase of attendance per saltum on the part of the parish families.
Translations Noun

overhead (plural overheads)

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

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