[ oh-ver-flahy ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈflaɪ /

verb (used with object), o·ver·flew, o·ver·flown, o·ver·fly·ing.

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), o·ver·flew, o·ver·flown, o·ver·fly·ing.

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
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Examples from the Web for overfly

  • 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


/ (ˌəʊvəˈflaɪ) /

verb -flies, -flying, -flew or -flown

(tr) to fly over (a territory) or past (a point)

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