1. a formation of aircraft in flight for observation from the ground, especially a prearranged, low-altitude flight over a public gathering.
  2. a flight over a simulated target by a bomber or bombing planes.
  3. a flight over a specified area, as for viewing: We booked a one-hour flyover of the Grand Canyon.
  4. the action of passing or flying overhead: rumors of another UFO flyover.
  5. British. an overhead crossing, especially a highway overpass.
  1. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of flyover

  • She could only see half a mile south, because Flyover Point blocked the view.

    A Young Man in a Hurry

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for flyover


  1. Also called: overpass British
    1. an intersection of two roads at which one is carried over the other by a bridge
    2. such a bridge
  2. the US name for fly-past
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