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.

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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 So all those planes arriving from south of Seattle — the majority — must fly north past the airport, overflying either Eastside cities or Puget Sound to the west, then turn southward in an arc for final approach. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "As Sea-Tac Airport traffic booms, distant neighborhoods are noisy despite FAA plan," 25 Oct. 2018 Could Japan shoot down North Korean missiles overflying its territory? Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Could U.S. Anti-Missile Defenses Let Japan Shoot Down North Korean Missiles?," 6 Nov. 2017 To avoid the political complications of overflying countries on such a raid, the route to the Mediterranean lay farther south than the shortest great-circle course. William Langewiesche, The Atlantic, "An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS," 21 June 2018 When the North stages provocations like missile tests, the US needs to respond with unmistakable shows of support — US warplanes overflying South Korea, for example, or promises to send over advanced military technology. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The real reason Trump’s North Korea summit failed," 24 May 2018 The missiles could strike both U.S. and other foreign navy vessels and military planes that regularly overfly the area, actions that Chinese forces often counter or protest. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 8 May 2018 And despite the frequency of tests, overflying Japan is an escalation. Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic, "North Korea Keeps Up Its Provocations," 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of overfly

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of overfly

: to fly over (a place)

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