mono·​plane | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌplān How to pronounce monoplane (audio) \

Definition of monoplane

: an airplane with only one main supporting surface

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Recent Examples on the Web Under Wallace’s engineering, a new high-wing monoplane design soon began rolling out of Cessna factories. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Cessna Is Such a Badass Plane," 17 Oct. 2019 Today and tomorrow the monoplane will be given additional tests at the North Island naval air station., "April 29, 1927: Spirit of St. Louis takes flight," 29 Apr. 2018 While mechanics were grooming his monoplane for the night flight over part of the southwestern states., "May 11, 1927: Lindbergh winging his way from San Diego to Paris," 11 May 2018 The latter were all-metal low-wing monoplanes, used by Webb’s Flying Service for the Boise Junior College program. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "With U.S. on cusp of WWII, Civilian Pilot Training drew Idahoans to the sky," 3 Feb. 2018 That made as much sense as if someone had decided to stick with biplanes with fabric wings 30 years earlier, when the first all-metal monoplanes remade the airline industry. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Aviation and Detroit: One begat the other | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 14 Oct. 2017 Also at Air and Space is Amelia Earhart’s Society of Woman Geographers pennant, which rode with Earhart on her monoplane voyage from Hawaii to California in 1935. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Take a Tour of the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific Collections this Autumn," 13 Oct. 2017 Another genus, Exocoetus, has narrower pectoral and smaller pelvic fins; researchers liken them to biplanes and monoplanes (.pdf). Brandon Keim, WIRED, "Flying Fish Ace Wind-Tunnel Tests," 10 Sep. 2010

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First Known Use of monoplane

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monoplane was in 1907

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22 Nov 2019

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“Monoplane.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of monoplane

: an airplane with one set of wings


mono·​plane | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌplān How to pronounce monoplane (audio) \

Kids Definition of monoplane

: an airplane with only one large wing that crosses the body

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