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monocoque

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noun mono·coque \ˈmä-nə-ˌkōk, -ˌkäk\

Definition of monocoque

  1. 1 :  a type of construction (as of a fuselage) in which the outer skin carries all or a major part of the stresses

  2. 2 :  a type of vehicle construction (as of an automobile) in which the body is integral with the chassis



Origin of monocoque

French, from mon- + coque shell, probably from Latin coccum kermes — more at cocoon


First Known Use: 1913


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