[ oh-ver-flahy ]

verb (used with object),o·ver·flew, o·ver·flown, o·ver·fly·ing.
  1. to fly over (a specified area, territory, country, etc.): The plane lost its way and overflew foreign territory.

  2. to fly farther than or beyond; overshoot.

  1. to fly over or past instead of making a scheduled stop: to overfly Philadelphia because of bad weather.

verb (used without object),o·ver·flew, o·ver·flown, o·ver·fly·ing.
  1. 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- + fly2

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British Dictionary definitions for overfly


/ (ˌəʊvəˈflaɪ) /

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

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