thrown or performed with the hand raised over the shoulder; overarm: overhand stroke.
with the hand and part or all of the arm raised above the shoulder: to pitch overhand.
(in sewing and embroidery) with close, shallow stitches over two edges.
adverb Also, overhanded.
with the hand over the object: to grasp one's fork overhand.
an overhand stroke, throw, or delivery.
verb (used with object)
to sew overhand.

1860–65; over- + hand

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overhand (ˈəʊvəˌhænd)
1.  thrown or performed with the hand raised above the shoulder
2.  sewn with thread passing over two edges in one direction
3.  with the hand above the shoulder; overarm
4.  with shallow stitches passing over two edges
5.  to sew (two edges) overhand

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Word Origin & History

1579, "upside down," from over + hand. Sense in tennis, etc., in ref. to hand position above that which is gripped, is first recorded 1861. Of cricket and baseball throws or bowls, "done with the hand raised above the shoulder" it is first recorded 1828.
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Example sentences
Snakes should go into a pillowcase or cloth bag tied with an overhand knot and
  then into another pillowcase that is also tied.
With reference to the paper then, the speed accuracy tradeoff would emerge when
  using an overhand shallow throw.
While the climbing area is rather small, you'll find challenges such as
  overhand climbing along with pocket and crack climbing.
His seven knockout victories are a testament to his heavy hands, particularly
  his overhand right.
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