test-flew ˈtest-ˌflü How to pronounce test-fly (audio) ; test-flown ˈtest-ˌflōn How to pronounce test-fly (audio) ; test-flying

transitive verb

: to subject to a flight test
test-fly an experimental plane

Examples of test-fly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If all goes well, the team plans to test-fly the hybrid-propulsion Saab 340 within about six years. Amy Jankovsky, IEEE Spectrum, 30 Nov. 2023 The team verified this by test-flying various rectangular sheets of paper, changing the front weight by adding thin metallic tape to one edge. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 Nov. 2023 Airbus test-flew a miniaturized airliner demonstrator in 2019. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 24 Aug. 2023 Now, one company has gotten a step closer to making that vision a reality, receiving government approval to test-fly its sports car. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 4 July 2023 The two met up last week to test-fly a plane that had come out of maintenance. Emily Davies, Washington Post, 6 June 2023 On Thursday, the same day as the tour, REGENT — which stands for Regional Electric Ground Effect Nautical Transport — was test-flying its quarter-scale unmanned prototype in the waters of Narragansett Bay nearby. Brian Amaral, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of test-fly was in 1936

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“Test-fly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test-fly. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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