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A sum total of the administrative or executive costs that relate to the management, conduct, or supervision of a business that are not attributable to any one particular product or department.

Expenses such as rent, taxes, insurance, lighting, heating, and other miscellaneous office expenses all fall under the category of overhead.


noun budget, business expenses, charges, cost, cost incurred, cost of living, current expenses, drain on resources, expenditures, expense, gennral expenses, liabilities, living expenses, money expended, operating expenses, outlay, payments, spendings, upkeep
Associated concepts: overhead expenses
See also: cost, expense, maintenance, upkeep
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Our past presentations involved a complex process of producing overhead transparencies.
These items, combined with the traditional overhead projector, are used for presentations of quality data to the medical staff and the board of directors.
One reason for this is that in the case of a takeover or buyout, stock prices and interest payments determine the amounts that the corporation can spend on overhead.
Understanding overhead, or information work, requires a step-by-step approach.
While median overheads have remained fairly constant between 2008 and 2010 for most regions in the world, overhead rates in China have increased to 37% and those in India to 22%.
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Because of the close association with the testing of the Sienna, Accent Presentations has become one of the first service bureaus in the country to purchase the Sienna FotoPrint 2000 and offer high quality digital prints and overheads to clients.
The DF-20 eliminates the single biggest hassle associated with overheads since they were first introduced -- the invisible chain that bound presenters to the side of the overhead
With the debt-equity conversion, Search would be able to leverage its growth so that revenues adequately exceed overheads.
As features and functionality increase, and price and size decrease, these devices are migrating from merely replacing overhead projectors to connecting the four-walled classrooms to the outside world.