mono·​rail | \ˈmä-nə-ˌrāl \

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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Sentosa Island is connected to Singapore by a causeway, a monorail line and a cable-car system. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "Fit for a Kim: Singapore’s Fantasy Island, Where U.S. and North Korea Will Meet," 11 June 2018 Monorail Wikimedia Commons The second mode of transport to be used by E.P.C.O.T. denizens was a high speed system of monorails. Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine, "Will L.A. Become a Disneyland-esque Mass Transit Utopia?," 25 June 2018 Of course there’s a simple and uniform solution to this problem, too: monorails. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Jurassic World Evolution," 19 June 2018 The fact that these shows are playing on the TV set in the Parr household further confirms that this world is an alternate version of the ‘60s where superheroes and hover monorails exist. Josh Weiss, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Incredibles 2' TV References Are More Than Easter Eggs," 17 June 2018 Sentosa,’ complete with the construction of a cable car and monorail system linking it to the mainland. Suyin Haynes, Time, "The Dark History of the 'Tranquil' Island Hosting the Trump-Kim Summit," 11 June 2018 The summit is taking place in a posh hotel on Sentosa Island, a resort district connected to the rest of Singapore by bridge, cable-car and monorail. The Economist, "Talks between America and North Korea might succeed—at a terrible price," 7 June 2018 The mayor and his administration invited BYD to test new product lines within city agencies, arranged for city administrators to visit the company's factory and pushed its elevated monorail in public appearances and to Metro's technology board. Paige St. John,, "Stalls, stops and breakdowns: Problems plague push for electric buses," 20 May 2018 The coaster has a unique design, built on a slender twisting monorail with riders lined up in single seats for their 90-degree drop and an upside-down thrill. Beth J. Harpaz,, "What's new at theme parks: Wonder Woman coaster, Pixar Pier," 23 May 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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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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