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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
First recorded in 1550-60; over- + fly1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The advantage lies solely with the one that can overfly his adversary.

  • It would be a sorry proof of the humility I am extolling, were I to ask for angel's wings to overfly my own human nature.

    Aids to Reflection Samuel Taylor Coleridge
British Dictionary definitions for overfly


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