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monocoque

[mon-uh-kohk, -kok] /ˈmɒn əˌkoʊk, -ˌkɒk/
noun
1.
a type of boat, aircraft, or rocket construction in which the shell carries most of the stresses.
2.
Automotive. a type of vehicular construction in which the body is combined with the chassis as a single unit.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or being a monocoque.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; < French, equivalent to mono- mono- + coque shell, eggshell (of uncertain origin)
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Examples for monocoque
  • As such, the monocoque weighs only about one-third of what it would if built from steel.
  • Modern cars have a monocoque steel body in which the strength is built into the pressed steel floor, sides and roof.
  • Twenty-six-inch tires and thick aluminum monocoque frame distract from the bike's folder-ness.
  • The all metal semi-monocoque fuselage consists of three sections: nose section, cabin section, and tail cone section.
  • The semitrailer has a stressed-skin semi-monocoque body.
British Dictionary definitions for monocoque

monocoque

/ˈmɒnəˌkɒk/
noun
1.
a type of aircraft fuselage, car body, etc, in which all or most of the loads are taken by the skin
2.
a type of racing-car, racing-cycle, or powerboat design with no separate chassis and body
adjective
3.
of or relating to the design characteristic of a monocoque
Word Origin
C20: from French, from mono- + coque shell
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