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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Recent Examples on the Web Some of the interactive and educational features: Learn about a biplane from the National Air & Space Museum, then make your own from a paper towel roll and other household items. The Arizona Republic, "Parents: Download free road trip-themed activities guide from The Republic, Smithsonian," 1 July 2020 Some of the interactive and educational features: Learn about a biplane from the National Air & Space Museum, then make your own from a paper towel roll and other household items. USA TODAY, "Parents: Download the free summer activity guide from the Smithsonian and USA TODAY," 29 June 2020 But comparing this 7 with a 911 or an NSX is like pitting an Avro 504 biplane against a Northrop F-16. Don Schroeder, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1993 Caterham Super 7 Blends the Lightweight Purity of the Lotus 7 With A Modern Drivetrain," 28 June 2020 The relentless assault moves from rowboat to unicycle to biplane. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'We're not doing guns': Elmer Fudd loses his rifle in HBO's 'Looney Tunes' cartoon reboot," 8 June 2020 In 1911, the first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Eugene B. Ely brought his Curtiss biplane in for a safe landing on the deck of the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Harbor., "This day in history," 18 Jan. 2020 On Good Friday, the city’s archbishop, Gregory Aymond, a seventy-year-old who recently recovered from COVID-19 himself, piloted a Second World War-era biplane and sprinkled holy water from the Jordan River over the French Quarter. Natalie Meade, The New Yorker, "A View of New Orleans Under Quarantine," 7 May 2020 New Orleans: The archbishop of New Orleans sprinkled holy water from a World War II-era biplane high above the city in an unusual Good Friday blessing for those affected by the coronavirus. USA TODAY, "Holy water drop, foster pet boom, ‘super spreader’: News from around our 50 states," 14 Apr. 2020 Wander around the tarmac and hangars, where old fashioned Bentleys befitting the Great Gatsby are interspersed with vintage biplanes. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Visit Hilton Head Island in the Fall," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of biplane

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biplane was in 1874

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4 Jul 2020

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“Biplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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