mono·​plane ˈmä-nə-ˌplān How to pronounce monoplane (audio)
: an airplane with only one main supporting surface

Examples of monoplane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Army’s record had been set by a five-man crew flying a trimotor monoplane with the financial backing of the War Department. Richard Selcer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 30 Mar. 2024 Only the pleading of Ernest Jones, who flew to Vienna in a chartered monoplane, could move him intellectually; only a direct threat to his beloved daughter and successor could move him viscerally. Patrick Blanchfield, The New Republic, 1 Sep. 2022 The first recorded flight to Antarctica was a Lockheed Vega 1 monoplane in 1928, piloted by George Hubert Wilkins, an Australian military pilot and explorer. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 Relying on a compass for navigation—since the fog never cleared—and shivering in the frigid high altitude, Quimby piloted her Blériot monoplane toward France. Charlotte Gray, WSJ, 13 June 2022 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 His Citabria monoplane had grazed the ground, smashing the craft’s landing gear. oregonlive, 23 Sep. 2020 In 1912, aviator Harriet Quimby, 37, was killed along with her passenger, William Willard, when they were thrown out of Quimby’s monoplane at the Third Annual Boston Aviation Meet., 1 July 2020 Pearse's bamboo monoplane made a textbook takeoff from his South Canterbury farm on March 31, 1903. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 17 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of monoplane was in 1907

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“Monoplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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mono·​plane ˈmän-ə-ˌplān How to pronounce monoplane (audio)
: an airplane with only one set of wings

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