from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To fly over (a particular area or territory) in an aircraft or spacecraft.
  • transitive v. To fly beyond or past; overshoot: The plane overflew the runway and crashed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To fly over something.
  • v. To fly too far past something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cross or pass over by flight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pass over, across, or beyond in flight; outstrip; outsoar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fly over


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  • For example, say you want lo land at Edwards, you may have to overfly highly populated areas such a the LA basin.

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  • Conversely, if Israel were to defy international law and illegally overfly Iraq?

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  • The two Coast Guard experts sent up to overfly the area with the borough said they saw nothing that resembled an oil slick, Hasenauer said.

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  • He had agreed with the United States to cut nuclear arsenals by two-thirds; raised no objection to the stationing of U.S. troops in Central Asia; offered overfly rights and intelligence cooperation during the war in Afghanistan; closed down the main Russian listening station in Cuba; and even wondered out loud if Russia should join NATO.

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  • And Putin was the imperialist in chief—Putin, who, early in his term, had closed down the Russian military bases in Vietnam and Cuba, acquiesced to the United States stationing troops in Central Asia, and provided intelligence and overfly rights to NATO forces fighting in Afghanistan.

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  • Decides that all States shall deny permission to any aircraft registered in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya or owned or operated by Libyan nationals or companies to take off from, land in or overfly their territory unless the particular flight has been approved in advance by the Committee, or in the case of an emergency landing;18.

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  • Decides that all States shall deny permission to any aircraft to take off from, land in or overfly their territory, if they have information that provides reasonable grounds to believe that the aircraft contains items the supply, sale, transfer, or export of which is prohibited by paragraphs 9 and 10 of resolution 1970 2011 as modified by this resolution, including the provision of armed mercenary personnel, except in the case of an emergency landing;19.

    UN security council resolution 1973 (2011) on Libya – full text

  • With the support of Argentina's closest neighbours, the country's president, Cristina Kirchner, has imposed a blockade of major South American ports against ships flying the Falklands flag and is threatening to cancel permission for the once-weekly flight that links Port Stanley with neighbouring Chile to overfly Argentina, cutting off the Falklands only commercial air link with the outside world.

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  • If that seems unfair, recall that France denied the U.S. the right to overfly its territory when aircraft based in England attacked Libya in the 1980s.

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  • It also mentioned that Cuba gave permission to the US to overfly their airspace to bring people to Guantanimo to use the medical facilites there for earthquake victims.

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