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English adjective: overhead

1. overhead located or originating from above

SamplesAn overhead crossing.

Antonymssubsurface, surface

English noun: overhead

1. overhead (possession) 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

Synonymsbudget items, operating cost, operating expense

Broader (hypernym)disbursal, disbursement, expense

Part meronymoperating budget

Domain categoryrevenue enhancement, tax, taxation

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

Synonymscommand overhead, command processing overhead, command processing overhead time

Broader (hypernym)processing time

Part meronymaccess time

Domain categorycomputer science, computing

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

Synonymsdisk overhead

Broader (hypernym)disc space, disk space

Domain categorycomputer science, computing

4. overhead (artifact) a transparency for use with an overhead projector


Broader (hypernym)foil, transparency

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

Broader (hypernym)ceiling

Part meronymcabin

Domain categorynavigation, sailing, seafaring

6. overhead (act) a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head


Broader (hypernym)return

English adverb: overhead

1. overhead above your head; in the sky

SamplesPlanes were flying overhead.

2. overhead above the head; over the head

SamplesBring the legs together overhead.

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