over·​fly | \ ˌō-vər-ˈflī How to pronounce overfly (audio) \
overflew\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈflü How to pronounce overflew (audio) \; overflown\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈflōn How to pronounce overflown (audio) \; overflying

Definition of overfly

transitive verb

: to fly over especially : to pass over in an aircraft or spacecraft

Examples of overfly in a Sentence

The jets overflew the stadium.
Recent Examples on the Web Those wishing to overfly the mountainous country need to file a flight plan, but in general, overflights are often approved. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Time the U.S. Tried to Sneak Stealth Fighters Across Austria," 23 July 2020 The Open Skies Treaty allows members countries to overfly one another, confirming that one country has adhered to arms control agreements and promoting transparency. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Might Ditch The Open Skies Treaty. That’s a Bad Idea.," 3 Mar. 2020 The railroad is also testing drones to overfly its property and infrared motion detectors to find trespassers. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "Why is Brightline facing so many deaths? We need to ‘do more’ to stop them, CEO says.," 4 Dec. 2019 For the moment, air crew unions seem reassured that the rules on overflying China won’t be a dramatic change to current regulations – but Cathay’s management is on notice that Beijing can turn the issue into a more potent weapon. Washington Post, "Why Cathay Pacific Is Bending to China on Hong Kong Protests," 20 Sep. 2019 After launching, the rocket will make a dogleg around Miami in Southern Florida but will overfly Cuba. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Virgin Orbit targets Mars, SpaceX to launch rideshares on time," 11 Oct. 2019 Qatar Airways, barred from overflying Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates after a political spat, must swing north across Syria to reach Rome. Layan Odeh, Bloomberg.com, "Iran-U.S. Spat Leaves Mideast Airlines Encircled by Hostile Skies," 21 July 2019 Under guidelines set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. agency better known as ICAO, state aircraft may not overfly the territory of another country without permission and shouldn’t endanger civilian aircraft. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, "U.S. Planned Strike on Iran After Downing of Drone but Called Off Mission," 21 June 2019 The Russian aircraft will overfly the United States on April 10 to 15, and overfly Canada (part of the North American Air Defense Command) April 18 to 22. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Military Plane Will Fly Over the U.S. to Take Pictures—and That's Totally OK," 11 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of overfly

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Overfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overfly. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of overfly

: to fly over (a place)

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