Anything that's located above you is overhead — it’s literally over your head. An overhead compartment on an airplane is a good place to stash your carry-on suitcase. Overhead is also the money it takes to run a business.

Overhead works as both an adjective and an adverb: "An overhead view of the football field gives the spectators a better idea of the game, and a drone flying overhead is the perfect way to achieve it." There's also an overhead stroke in tennis, an overhead projector showing a movie in science class, and the overhead, or up-front expenses, that a new business requires.

Definitions of overhead
  1. adjective
    located or originating from above
    “an overhead crossing”
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    on the surface
    beneath the surface
    on or above the surface of the ground
    constructed at ground level
    opencast, opencut
    (of mines and mining) worked from the exposed surface
    belowground, underground
    under the level of the ground
    submarine, undersea
    beneath the surface of the sea
    submerged, submersed, underwater
    beneath the surface of the water
    subterranean, subterraneous
    being or operating under the surface of the earth
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  2. noun
    (nautical) the top surface of an enclosed space on a ship
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    type of:
    the overhead upper surface of a covered space
  3. noun
    a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head
    synonyms: smash
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    a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player
  4. adverb
    above the head; over the head
    “bring the legs together overhead
  5. adverb
    above your head; in the sky
    “planes were flying overhead
  6. noun
    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
    synonyms: budget items, operating cost, operating expense
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    disbursal, disbursement, expense
    amounts paid for goods and services that may be currently tax deductible (as opposed to capital expenditures)
  7. noun
    (computer science) the processing time required by a device prior to the execution of a command
    synonyms: command overhead, command processing overhead, command processing overhead time
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    type of:
    processing time
    the time it takes to complete a prescribed procedure
  8. noun
    (computer science) the disk space required for information that is not data but is used for location and timing
    synonyms: disk overhead
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    type of:
    disc space, disk space
    (computer science) the space available on a magnetic disk
  9. noun
    a transparency for use with an overhead projector
    synonyms: viewgraph
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    type of:
    foil, transparency
    picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
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