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Meaning & Definition of Overhead in English

English

Overhead

/oʊvərhɛd/

noun

1. 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
    synonym:
  • operating expense
  • ,
  • operating cost
  • ,
  • overhead
  • ,
  • budget items

2. (computer science) the processing time required by a device prior to the execution of a command

    synonym:
  • command processing overhead time
  • ,
  • command processing overhead
  • ,
  • command overhead
  • ,
  • overhead

3. (computer science) the disk space required for information that is not data but is used for location and timing

    synonym:
  • disk overhead
  • ,
  • overhead

4. A transparency for use with an overhead projector

    synonym:
  • viewgraph
  • ,
  • overhead

5. (nautical) the top surface of an enclosed space on a ship

    synonym:
  • overhead

6. A hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head

    synonym:
  • overhead
  • ,
  • smash

adjective

1. Located or originating from above

  • "An overhead crossing"
    synonym:
  • overhead

adverb

1. Above your head

  • In the sky
  • "Planes were flying overhead"
    synonym:
  • overhead

2. Above the head

  • Over the head
  • "Bring the legs together overhead"
    synonym:
  • overhead