overhanded

overhand

[oh-ver-hand]
adjective
1.
thrown or performed with the hand raised over the shoulder; overarm: overhand stroke.
2.
with the hand and part or all of the arm raised above the shoulder: to pitch overhand.
3.
(in sewing and embroidery) with close, shallow stitches over two edges.
adverb Also, overhanded.
4.
with the hand over the object: to grasp one's fork overhand.
noun
5.
an overhand stroke, throw, or delivery.
verb (used with object)
6.
to sew overhand.

Origin:
1860–65; over- + hand

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

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overhand
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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