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[flahy-bahy] /ˈflaɪˌbaɪ/
noun, plural flybys.
1.
the flight of a spacecraft close enough to a celestial object, as a planet, to gather scientific data.
2.
Aeronautics.
  1. Also called flypast. a low-altitude flight of an aircraft for the benefit of ground observers.
  2. flyover (def 1).
Also, fly-by.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase fly by
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British Dictionary definitions for flybys

flyby

/ˈflaɪˌbaɪ/
noun (pl) -bys
1.
a flight past a particular position or target, esp the close approach of a spacecraft to a planet or satellite for investigation of conditions
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flyby

noun

A ceremonial or demonstrational passage overhead by an airplane or a group of airplanes: They saluted the President with a flyby of the newest jets (1950s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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