bi·​plane ˈbī-ˌplān How to pronounce biplane (audio)
: an aircraft with two main supporting surfaces usually placed one above the other

Examples of biplane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not one to turn down an adventure, he got stranded in the North Pole for several days two years later when the Russian biplane carrying him and four others landed and partially sank through the ice. Laurence Darmiento, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 The museum also offers scenic flights in helicopters, vintage biplanes, and Cessnas. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 5 May 2024 As 19-year-old Lee performed her preflight check in July 1932, Greenwood’s other training biplane, called the Student Prince, taxied down the runway, piloted by one of the Chinese Flying Club of Portland boys earning solo hours. Susan Tate Ankeny, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Apr. 2024 Junior Ranger Day events include the chance to build biplane models at Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama and learn about the history of dogs in Hidatsa villages and earn a BARK Ranger badge for their own pups at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in North Dakota. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2024 Some assert that a grip can hardly be considered an inapt jail without also being a biplane. Jay Pilgreen, Kansas City Star, 12 Feb. 2024 By the time Muntean was a toddler, his mom, a plant manager for Procter & Gamble, had also begun taking flying lessons and had cashed in her pension to purchase an aerobatic biplane. Johnny Dodd, Peoplemag, 27 Jan. 2024 Zev Feldman has been called the Indiana Jones of jazz, but he’s never run away from an exploding Nazi biplane or snatched a golden idol from an altar in the Amazon. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 The answer Alef developed was to use the sides of the car as the wings, effectively turning it into a biplane, its body rotating 90 degrees after takeoff to move from upward to forward flight. Jaclyn Trop, Robb Report, 25 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biplane was in 1874

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“Biplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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bi·​plane ˈbī-ˌplān How to pronounce biplane (audio)
: an airplane with two sets of wings usually placed one above the other

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