mono·​rail | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌrāl How to pronounce monorail (audio) \

Definition of monorail

: a single rail serving as a track for a wheeled vehicle also : a vehicle traveling on such a track

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Examples of monorail in a Sentence

Monorails connect different parts of the park. The passengers boarded the monorail.

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The monorail option under consideration would span 15.4 miles and cost $9.4 billion to $11.6 billion, officials said. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "Cost of Metro transit line through the Sepulveda Pass could reach $13 billion," 23 July 2019 Much of the system would be elevated, monorail-style, with an underground subway segment downtown. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "RTD at 50: The freeway fight that paved the way for transit in metro Denver," 29 June 2019 Unlike the heavy rail options, the monorail would be underground for just 35% of its route, running on elevated tracks through part of the Sepulveda Pass between the Getty Center and Ventura Boulevard. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "Cost of Metro transit line through the Sepulveda Pass could reach $13 billion," 23 July 2019 Authorities in Florida have uncovered human remains in the backyard of a Walt Disney World monorail mechanic who disappeared three years ago. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Human remains found in backyard of missing Disney World worker," 11 Mar. 2018 The propulsion, escape and pitch control systems for the Apollo spacecraft were built and designed by Lockheed Propulsion Co., shortly before the company built Walt Disney World’s first monorail system in 1970. Marco Santana,, "Apollo 11 moon mission drew space-related companies to Central Florida," 23 June 2019 Just a few monorail stops away from the hectic crowd of strollers and families at the Magic Kingdom, the scene is quieter at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Gabrielle Russon,, "As memory fades of 2016 Disney World gator attack, the charity formed in its wake grows," 14 June 2019 The Disney monorail lets guests travel for free between Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Only True Disney World Fanatics Will Ace This Quiz," 13 July 2018 The suspension railway is currently zipping around on a monorail track in a province in Southern China, reaching speeds of up to 60 km / hr (about 37 mph). Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "It’s time for America to get more animal-themed transit," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of monorail

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monorail was in 1884

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English Language Learners Definition of monorail

: a type of railroad that uses a single track which is usually high off the ground also : a vehicle that travels on a monorail

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