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

Examples of biplane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Years ago, an unrelated company that calls itself the WACO Aircraft Corp. started making a contemporary version of the WACO biplane from its facility in Battle Creek, Michigan. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 8 July 2021 For a bird’s eye view, book a parasailing trip with local operator Put in Bay Parasail or hitch a ride in an open-cockpit World War II biplane with Put-in-Bay Biplane Rides. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 June 2021 The open-cockpit biplane sliced into the brush, spun, and crashed to a cacophonous stop some 15 to 20 feet from the lake. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2021 In the pre-Hays Code film’s climax, Jack accidentally shoots down David, who has commandeered a German biplane. NBC News, 23 June 2021 This includes a Bomex front spoiler, TRD-style hood, side skirts, APR aluminum biplane rear wing and a set of 19-inch Dazz Motorsport Racing Hart M5 Tuner wheels, according to the auction house. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 21 May 2021 The Wright brothers knew that a monoplane may have less drag, but a biplane was stronger. Walter J. Boyne And Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 23 May 2021 Not since her first ride in a biplane in 1919, when the pilot did loop-de-loops to terrify her. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 11 Apr. 2021 Depending on the season, there will also be poolside events, stargazing on the bluff, and the opportunity to book behind-the-scenes experiences at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and thrilling adventures such as rides in a vintage open-cockpit biplane. Sandra Ramani, Robb Report, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of biplane

1874, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jul 2021

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“Biplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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