over·fly | \ˌō-vər-ˈflī \
overflew\ˌō-vər-ˈflü \; overflown\ˌō-vər-ˈflōn \; 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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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 Twice, in August and September, North Korean missiles overflew Japan’s northern Hokkaido island, triggering alarms and warnings for citizens to take cover. Washington Post, "Questions loom as Mattis visits SKorea: Can diplomacy work?," 25 Oct. 2017 Twice, in August and September, North Korean missiles overflew Japan's northern Hokkaido island. Robert Burns, Houston Chronicle, "Can diplomacy work in with North Korea?," 25 Oct. 2017 The port bans were enacted under UN Security Council Resolution 2375, which was passed last month after North Korea test-fired a missile that overflew Japan. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "UN bans 4 ships from all ports for North Korea ties," 10 Oct. 2017 The Korean Central News Agency said the launch that overflew Japan was of an intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missile, which the North first successfully tested in May and threatened to fire into waters near Guam earlier this month. Jill Colvin, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump on North Korea standoff: 'talking is not the answer'," 30 Aug. 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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