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flyby

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[ flahy-bahy ]
/ ˈflaɪˌbaɪ /
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noun, plural fly·bys.

the flight of a spacecraft close enough to a celestial object, as a planet, to gather scientific data.
Aeronautics.
  1. Also called flypast. a low-altitude flight of an aircraft for the benefit of ground observers.
  2. flyover (def. 1).

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Origin of flyby

1950–55, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase fly by
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British Dictionary definitions for flyby

flyby
/ (ˈflaɪˌbaɪ) /

noun plural -bys

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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