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[oh-ver-flahyt] /ˈoʊ vərˌflaɪt/
an air flight that passes over a specific area, country, or territory:
Overflights of foreign aircraft are closely monitored.
Origin of overflight
1590-1600 as pertaining to the flight of birds; 1955-60 for current sense; over- + flight1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for overflight
  • Unfortunately, great circle routes for aircraft are problematic due to the cost of clearances for overflight of some countries.
  • The scheduled morning overflight was delayed today until late afternoon due to weather and other mission needs.
  • We recommend an overflight to check field conditions and for presence of obstructions.
  • The afternoon beach survey served to ground truth morning overflight observations.
  • We recommend overflight to determine field conditions and check for obstructions.
  • We recommend an overflight to determine field conditions, and presence of obstructions.
  • We recommend an overflight to check field conditions and obstructions.
British Dictionary definitions for overflight


the flight of an aircraft over a specific area or territory
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