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

Definition of monoplane

: an airplane with only one main supporting surface

Examples of monoplane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His Citabria monoplane had grazed the ground, smashing the craft’s landing gear. oregonlive, "Oregon pilot’s terrifying fistfight over Atlantic Ocean during air race scored headlines in 1971, only to have D.B. Cooper bump him from spotlight," 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., "This day in history," 1 July 2020 Pearse's bamboo monoplane made a textbook takeoff from his South Canterbury farm on March 31, 1903. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The Long, Complicated History of the Very First Flight," 17 Dec. 2019 In 1937, millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds., "This day in history," 19 Jan. 2020 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

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Monoplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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