- a formation of aircraft in flight for observation from the ground, especially a prearranged, low-altitude flight over a public gathering.
- a flight over a simulated target by a bomber or bombing planes.
- a flight over a specified area, as for viewing: We booked a one-hour flyover of the Grand Canyon.
- the action of passing or flying overhead: rumors of another UFO flyover.
- British. an overhead crossing, especially a highway overpass.
- Informal: Usually Disparaging. noting a state or region of the U.S. between the East and West Coasts that is not typically considered to be a tourist destination and is flown over during intercoastal flights: What do those hicks in flyover country know anyway?
Origin of flyover
First recorded in 1900–05; noun and adjective use of verb phrase fly over
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Examples from the Web for flyover
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But, like turn-by-turn navigation, Flyover will run only on the 4S and newer iPads.Apple’s Move to Spite Google and Use Its Own Map Software Hurts Customers
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In short, Terminatrix portrays Palin as every blue-blooded Manhattanite's flyover nightmare.Palin Editor's Double Life
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At least Friday Night Lights is set in Texas, so it has flyover appeal.Paging Kenneth
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She could only see half a mile south, because Flyover Point blocked the view.A Young Man in a Hurry
Robert W. Chambers
- Also called: overpass British
- an intersection of two roads at which one is carried over the other by a bridge
- such a bridge
- the US name for fly-past
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