bi·​plane | \ ˈbī-ˌplān How to pronounce biplane (audio) \

Definition of biplane

: an aircraft with two main supporting surfaces usually placed one above the other

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Overhead, antique biplanes executed somersaults, trailing exhaust in the national colors of white, red, and green as jets disgorged paratroopers onto the city below. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 Bogard has been working for weeks to pack up decades worth of nostalgic treasures, using a hydraulic lift to painstakingly remove delicate items from the ceiling and walls such the biplane models, Quarter Midget race cars and porcelain signs. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Mount Dora Museum of Speed closed after years of showcasing classic cars, providing nostalgia," 13 July 2019 Rolling down the deck, the biplane plunged towards the water, its wheels dipping into the sea before ascending and landing on the nearby shore. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "How the American Aircraft Carrier Became King of the Seas," 22 May 2018 Specifically, Boeing-Stearman Model 75s, biplanes built in the 30s and 40s. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Aviation Became Firefighters' Best Friend—And Then Their Worst Enemy," 2 Dec. 2016 That man, George Wentworth, owed the elder Mason for building him a biplane. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Arcadia Fourth of July Parade: 'Unity instead of division'," 4 July 2018 So when he was offered the chance this week to take a ride in a 1929 biplane, he was thrilled at the chance to thread the clouds once again. Pam Kragen,, "High-flying fireman, 94, takes to the skies again," 25 May 2018 The biplane configuration reduces wing weight and wingspan. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon's Autonomous Swarming Drones Are the Most Unsettling Thing You'll See Today," 9 Jan. 2017 When Dumont flew a biplane in 1906, the Wright brothers’ 1903 flight was still secret, leading Brazilians to claim to this day that their guy was first. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Not Your Average Autograph Collection," 12 July 2018

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1874, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of biplane

: an old type of airplane that has two sets of wings with one placed above the other


bi·​plane | \ ˈbī-ˌplān How to pronounce biplane (audio) \

Kids Definition of biplane

: an airplane with two wings on each side usually placed one above the other

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