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[mon-uh-reyl] /ˈmɒn əˌreɪl/
a single rail functioning as a track for wheeled vehicles, as railroad or other cars, balanced upon or suspended from it.
a railroad or other transportation system using such a rail.
a vehicle traveling on such a rail.
Origin of monorail
1895-1900; mono- + rail1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for monorail
  • The overhead monorail took him to the recovery pool.
  • Maybe a monorail system within interstate highway property with links to park and rides throughout the country.
  • Science mags use to talk about the future of transportation of high speed monorail trains and flying cars.
  • The monorail stop is a draw, too, because it is now easier to get to and from here.
  • The monorail has a stop out back, which adds to the convenience factor.
  • Choose the monorail or ferry boat and follow the signs to the right dock or platform.
  • After you eat, walk directly to the monorail station in the hotel.
  • When possible, choose transportation that your kids might enjoy, such as boat and monorail rides.
  • These regulations cover jacks, overhead hoists, and monorail hoists.
British Dictionary definitions for monorail


a single-rail railway, often elevated and with suspended cars
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Word Origin and History for monorail

1897, a hybrid coined from mono- + rail (n.1).

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