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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After his retirement, Mr. Barker built from scratch and flew an open cockpit biplane., "Deaths in Central Florida: 8/29," 29 Aug. 2019 On the left are images of a farmer, grapevines, barn and tractor with a biplane from Ramona Airport flying overhead. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Archway designed to reflect town’s identity," 28 Aug. 2019 As the technology of the early seaplanes and biplanes matured, military leaders recognized the need for specialized repair facilities. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From seaplanes to supersonic fighters: Over 100 years, North Island facility keeps them flying," 29 July 2019 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 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 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 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 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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