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

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 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 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, 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, 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, 20 Sep. 2019 After launching, the rocket will make a dogleg around Miami in Southern Florida but will overfly Cuba. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of overfly

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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28 Aug 2021

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“Overfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overfly. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overfly

: to fly over (a place)

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