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 Standing on a biplane while flying over a canyon in South Africa is a typical day in the life of Cruise. Nick Romano,, 5 Sep. 2022 In the scene from the Alfred Hitchcock suspense film, Cary Grant is pursued by a crop-dusting biplane. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2022 In the movie, Spiderhead is a chic concrete bunker on a remote tropical island reached only by biplane. Peter Debruge, Variety, 13 June 2022 People attending the event had the rare opportunity to see a 1929 Curtis Wright Travel Air 4D, an open cockpit biplane, similar to the types of aircraft that operated in Alaska nearly one hundred years ago. Bill Roth, Anchorage Daily News, 25 July 2022 Stunt pilot Skip Stewart performs high-skill passes and jawdropping maneuvers in his red, white and black-checkered biplane, Prometheus. al, 7 July 2022 Still some found allegedly pro-foreign images, like a boy flying in a biplane similar to Japanese and American planes. New York Times, 31 May 2022 These include Tails showing up in a bright red biplane and the classic Green Hill Zone theme serving as Tom’s ringtone. Peter Debruge, Variety, 28 Mar. 2022 The rear end flies a tall biplane setup with a large wing perched above a second smaller airfoil. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of biplane

1874, in the meaning defined above

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15 Sep 2022

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“Biplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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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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