monorail


mono·rail

noun \ˈmä-nə-ˌrāl\

: a type of railroad that uses a single track which is usually high off the ground; also : a vehicle that travels on a monorail

Full Definition of MONORAIL

:  a single rail serving as a track for a wheeled vehicle; also :  a vehicle traveling on such a track

Examples of MONORAIL

  1. Monorails connect different parts of the park.
  2. The passengers boarded the monorail.

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First Known Use of MONORAIL

1897

monorail

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Electric railway that runs on a single rail either above or under the railway cars. The first systems were introduced in the early 20th century; the earliest probably opened in 1901 in Wuppertal, Germany. Short-run monorails have since been built in such cities as Tokyo and Seattle. Because of higher costs and slower speeds than conventional rail systems, the monorail has not gained wide support. High-speed monorail vehicles that use magnetic levitation have been undergoing research for many years.

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