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

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

The jets overflew the stadium.
Recent Examples on the Web Icelandic officials and volcanologists will head out tomorrow morning (Icelandic) to overfly to inspect the area. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 21 May 2011 Clarke said his airline is also free to overfly Russia, and does so on routes to the U.S. west coast. Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg.com, 29 Mar. 2022 Flights that normally overfly the Ukraine or Russia have been shifted and are now longer. Michael Goldstein, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 In the meantime, any plans for travel that might overfly Russia or any of Eastern Europe should include regular information from your airline to see if the departure time, flight time and other possible changes, such as a technical stop. John Cox, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2022 After Hard Luck plotted a course for Ireland, Murray led a discussion on whether to deviate so as to overfly Britain’s Ocean Station Juliett or America’s Ocean Station Charlie. Eric Lindner, Popular Mechanics, 22 July 2021 While free-fall bombs typically have large explosive yields (the B83 has a yield of 1,300 kilotons, for example), the bomber must overfly the target. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 7 July 2021 This was the reason for dispatching two B-52 bombers from the U.S. to briefly overfly the Gulf on Wednesday, said the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal assessments. Robert Burns, ajc, 31 Dec. 2020 Those wishing to overfly the mountainous country need to file a flight plan, but in general, overflights are often approved. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 23 July 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overfly was in the 14th century

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“Overfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overfly. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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over·​fly ˌō-vər-ˈflī How to pronounce overfly (audio)
overflew -ˈflü How to pronounce overfly (audio) ; overflown -ˈflōn How to pronounce overfly (audio) ; overflying
: to fly over
especially : to pass over in an aircraft or spacecraft

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