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Definition 1: a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for overhead in the sense of this definition

(overhead is a kind of ...) a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player

"he won the point on a cross-court return"

Definition 2: (nautical) the top surface of an enclosed space on a ship - [noun denoting artifact]

(overhead is a kind of ...) the overhead upper surface of a covered space

"he hated painting the ceiling"

(... is part of overhead) small room on a ship or boat where people sleep

(overhead belongs to category ...) the work of a sailor

Definition 3: a transparency for use with an overhead projector - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for overhead in the sense of this definition

(overhead is a kind of ...) picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector

Definition 4: (computer science) the disk space required for information that is not data but is used for location and timing - [noun denoting location]

Synonyms for overhead in the sense of this definition

(overhead is a kind of ...) (computer science) the space available on a magnetic disk

(overhead belongs to category ...) the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures

Definition 5: 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 - [noun denoting possession]

Synonyms for overhead in the sense of this definition

(overhead is a kind of ...) amounts paid for goods and services that may be currently tax deductible (as opposed to capital expenditures)

(... is part of overhead) a budget for current expenses as distinct from financial transactions or permanent improvements

(overhead belongs to category ...) charge against a citizen's person or property or activity for the support of government

Definition 6: (computer science) the processing time required by a device prior to the execution of a command - [noun denoting time]

Synonyms for overhead in the sense of this definition

(overhead is a kind of ...) the time it takes to complete a prescribed procedure

"they increased output by decreasing processing time"

(... is part of overhead) (computer science) the interval between the time data is requested by the system and the time the data is provided by the drive

"access time is the sum of seek time and rotational latency and command processing overhead"

(overhead belongs to category ...) the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures

Definition 7: located or originating from above - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where overhead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an overhead crossing

Definition 8: above the head; over the head - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where overhead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bring the legs together overhead

Definition 9: above your head; in the sky - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where overhead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • planes were flying overhead

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