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[oh-ver-flahy] /ˌoʊ vərˈflaɪ/
verb (used with object), overflew, overflown, overflying.
to fly over (a specified area, territory, country, etc.):
The plane lost its way and overflew foreign territory.
to fly farther than or beyond; overshoot.
to fly over or past instead of making a scheduled stop:
to overfly Philadelphia because of bad weather.
verb (used without object), overflew, overflown, overflying.
to fly over a particular territory, country, etc.:
The plane approached the border but never overflew.
Origin of overfly
1550-60; over- + fly1 Unabridged
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  • We recommend you overfly the field to check conditions, look for obstructions and plan your approach.
  • It is essential to overfly the field to check conditions, and plan an approach strategy.
  • Attempting to overfly icy clouds works only as long as you have a way down without flying through them.
  • Diversions that overfly the scheduled destination and land at the next scheduled point on the routing.
  • Departures overfly less noise-sensitive wetlands to the northwest of the airport.
  • Recommended helicopter procedures would overfly highway, industrial, and open space land uses.
  • We will intentionally overfly the pipeline and watch it for any signs of leaks or any unusual occurrences.
British Dictionary definitions for overfly


verb -flies, -flying, -flew, -flown
(transitive) to fly over (a territory) or past (a point)
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