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monoplane

[mon-uh-pleyn] /ˈmɒn əˌpleɪn/
noun
1.
an airplane with one main sustaining surface or one set of wings.
2.
Nautical. a planing craft the bottom of which is in an unbroken fore-and-aft line.
Origin of monoplane
1905-1910
1905-10; mono- + plane1
Related forms
monoplanist, noun
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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
  • And he added that if he got the signal he would keep on heading for the monoplane.

  • 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.

  • This was prior to 1909; Bleriot had not yet flown the Channel in his monoplane.

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

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

    Learning to Fly Claude Grahame-White
  • His motor was throttled; there was only the whistle of torn air on the monoplane's wings.

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

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • "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

monoplane

/ˈmɒnəʊˌpleɪn/
noun
1.
an aeroplane with only one pair of wings Compare biplane
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Word Origin and History for monoplane
n.

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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