mono·​plane | \ˈmä-nə-ˌplān \

Definition of monoplane 

: an airplane with only one main supporting surface

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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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English Language Learners Definition of monoplane

: an airplane with one set of wings


mono·​plane | \ˈmä-nə-ˌplān \

Kids Definition of monoplane

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

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obstinately defiant of authority

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