flyby

noun fly·by \ ˈflī-ˌbī \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of flyby

plural flybys
1 : a prearranged usually low-altitude flight by one or more airplanes over a public gathering (such as an air show)
2 a : a flight of a spacecraft past a celestial body (such as Mars) close enough to obtain scientific data
b : a spacecraft that makes a flyby

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First Known Use of flyby

1953


FLYBY Defined for English Language Learners

flyby

noun

Definition of flyby for English Language Learners

  • : a usually low flight past a group of people at an air show, during a parade, etc., by an aircraft or group of aircraft

  • : a flight of a spacecraft past a planet, moon, etc.


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