bi·plane | \ˈbī-ˌplān \

Definition of biplane 

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

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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 Meanwhile, a biplane flies over and around the mountain searching for signs of life. New York Times, "The Idolatry of Glaciers, Rocks and Leni Riefenstahl," 22 June 2018 With the swagger of a movie star, aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker can smile for a photo while flying his red-orange Oracle biplane sideways. Emily Williams,, "Carving among the clouds," 7 June 2018 As far back as the 1930s, the U.S. Navy was launching and recovering small F9C-2 Curtiss Sparrowhawk biplanes from its two Akron-class airships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "'Gremlins' Will Turn Airplanes Into Flying Aircraft Carriers," 14 May 2018 Recognizing this widespread enthusiasm, the Post Office Department released a special delivery stamp featuring a blue Curtiss JN-4 (Jenny) biplane inside a red frame. Adam Cohen, Smithsonian, "Delivering the Mail Was Once One of the Riskiest Jobs in America," 18 May 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 \

Kids Definition of biplane

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

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