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[mon-uh-pleyn] /ˈmɒn əˌpleɪn/
an airplane with one main sustaining surface or one set of wings.
Nautical. a planing craft the bottom of which is in an unbroken fore-and-aft line.
Origin of monoplane
1905-10; mono- + plane1
Related forms
monoplanist, noun Unabridged
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  • (Fig. 6); and although its stability was not perfect, it was an interesting machine—a forecast of the monoplane of the future.

    The Aeroplane Claude Grahame-White and Harry Harper
  • This was prior to 1909; Bleriot had not yet flown the Channel in his monoplane.

    Learning to Fly Claude Grahame-White
  • As Eradicate came out to help put away the monoplane Tom noticed that the colored man was holding one hand as though it hurt him.

  • The destruction of this monoplane was, to me, a great disappointment.

    Learning to Fly Claude Grahame-White
  • At the extreme end was the vertical rudder, which sent the monoplane to left or right.

  • He shut off his motor and turned the monoplane's nose directly at the earth.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • His motor was throttled; there was only the whistle of torn air on the monoplane's wings.

  • And he added that if he got the signal he would keep on heading for the monoplane.

  • "That's a monoplane," declared Tom, who was getting to be quite an expert.

    Tom Swift and his Airship Victor Appleton
  • In general it followed the stream lines of the modern French monoplane.

    On the Edge of the Arctic Harry Lincoln Sayler
British Dictionary definitions for monoplane


an aeroplane with only one pair of wings Compare biplane
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for monoplane

1907, a hybrid coined from mono- + second element of aeroplane. In old planes the wings formed a single surface running across the fuselage.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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