Definition of flyover in English:



  • 1North American A low flight by one or more aircraft over a specific location.

    ‘there were artillery platforms in the hills, making a flyover too risky’
    • ‘We've done a number of flyovers with helicopters and will continue to do that.’
    • ‘The flyovers occur twice a year, before and after the summer rainy season.’
    • ‘Santa had also done a flyover in the Rescure helicopter.’
    • ‘Our commanding officer coordinated a flyover of the ship for us so the LSOs could shine a beacon on our nose gear and determine its condition.’
    • ‘I lived next to a U.S. Air Force base in north Georgia for two years and have seen many night flyovers with afterburners.’
    • ‘After the pair spotted a heavy weapon in a village during a flyover in a military helicopter, Smith carried back the coordinates to a Marine commander so the weapon could be destroyed.’
    • ‘A full surround mix would have been nice, as there are a couple of 747 flyovers that, while sounding impressive in stereo, would probably tear off the roof in 5.1.’
    • ‘Although Mr Boynes would love to be part of the flyover, he considers his attendance on the ground just as important.’
    • ‘Did the daily surveillance plane flyovers spot it?’
    • ‘The solution they have gone for is flyovers that promise only to sweep Delhi's traffic problems from one area to another.’
    • ‘During a flyover of the park last year, McClure witnessed a number of bison carcasses lying in overgrazed fields.’
    • ‘As Senator Mary Landrieu's helicopter was taking off for a flyover of the devastation, she watched as a group of people smashed a window at a gas station store and jumped in.’
    • ‘A man in a blue FEMA windbreaker arrived to brief them on his helicopter flyover of the city.’
    • ‘The lab was underground so flyovers haven't shown anything.’
    • ‘We could do a flyover of the island with a shuttle, hoping the Curie's crew has someone looking out for rescue craft to signal.’
    • ‘An American reconnaissance plane veers off course during a flyover and is shot down because its crew sees something they aren't intended to see.’
    1. 1.1A ceremonial flight of an aircraft past a person or a place.
      • ‘The Defence Forces did their minister proud in his home city with a march past and a flyover by the Air Corps.’
      • ‘There was a wet winch demonstration as well as a historic flight Iroquois helicopter lake flyover and static display.’
      • ‘And Naval fighter jets cap the pre-race festivities with a tight-formation flyover.’
      • ‘The new squadron was to have demonstrated its skills with a flyover and aerobatic maneuvers, but the aerial activities were canceled because of bad weather.’
      • ‘Perhaps most impressive is a flyover of F - 16 fighter jets during pre-race ceremonies in the last half of the film.’
      • ‘The flyover will be held over crowds lining the streets to watch the annual Moomba Festival on March 14.’
      • ‘We all missed Bush throwing out the first pitch, though we did see his helicopter come and go, not to mention the thunderous F - 16 flyover.’
      • ‘Geraldton aviator Chris Shine will pilot one of nine tiger moths in a special diamond formation flyover in Perth this afternoon.’
  • 2British An overpass.

    • ‘She told officers that she feared for the children's lives because their father had said he would drive his truck off Tilbury Docks or Pitsea flyover with the youngsters inside.’
    • ‘Water logging around the flyover's rusted pillars is routine during the rains.’
    • ‘But who would want to visit a place of flyovers, viaducts and faceless retail parks?’
    • ‘And the timing couldn't be worse as the work coincides with the improvements at Pitsea flyover that are already causing extra congestion.’
    • ‘Cameras showed that during the day traffic was tailing back to the A35 Redbridge flyover and several hundred metres along the M271.’
    • ‘Mr Moffatt said the ultimate aim was to build a completely segregated crossing and flyover at Bilbrough, and construction was planned to start in 2003, subject to the availability of funds.’
    • ‘The Highways Agency revealed today that a public inquiry is likely into its proposed £3.9 million flyover at Bilbrough Top, between York and Tadcaster.’
    • ‘We reported that the order imposed to close the four gaps was merely temporary, and that the Highways Agency was planning to open them up once the new £11 million flyover was in use.’
    • ‘Although there hasn't been an official ribbon-cutting yet, the flyover leading to the airport opened recently.’
    • ‘Until it opens, drivers are having to use the York Outer Ring Road flyover to cross the dual carriageway.’
    • ‘Yet this flyover will not be completed until at least 2004, offering time enough for another tragedy similar to that which occurred at the weekend.’
    • ‘Designs showing how Swindon's Commonhead roundabout could look if a planned £13 million flyover becomes a reality have been exhibited.’
    • ‘The talks have been prompted by concern that the sharp right-hand curve for motorists joining the by-pass at Brambling Fields flyover, Norton, may be a hazard.’
    • ‘The Highways Agency shut a notorious gap at nearby Bilbrough Top in December, prior to the start of construction of an £11 million new flyover.’
    • ‘The £11.3 million flyover is being built to improve safety on the dual carriageway at Bilbrough Top, between York and Tadcaster.’
    • ‘The mum-of-one helped organise Under Croydon, an arts project which transformed the pedestrian subway beneath Croydon's flyover into a colourful mural.’
    • ‘But critics of this bold horticultural experiment have compared the results with everything from an unfinished Italian motorway flyover to the business end of a broom.’
    • ‘Rural India, too, needs flyovers - not over roads, but over killer railway tracks.’
    • ‘A white or blue van was directly behind the couple's car at Bishopthorpe flyover leaving the A64 on the outskirts of York at about 1.15 pm last Friday.’
    • ‘Expressways, flyovers, corridors, ring roads, mass transit system, and such issues one associates with cities that are global destinations and business nerve centers in the region.’
    viaduct, aqueduct, flyover, overpass
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  • 3US informal, derogatory [as modifier] Denoting central regions of the US regarded as less significant than the East or West coasts.

    ‘his appeal extends way beyond the Bible Belt and the flyover states’