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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
First recorded in 1905-10; mono- + plane1
Related forms
monoplanist, noun Unabridged
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  • The total weight of the monoplane with engine and propeller is 352 pounds.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • Now the tendency in France seems to be to go back to the monoplane.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • The monoplane, a one-surfaced plane, like that used by Bleriot.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • Why we just dumped you into the monoplane here and then got aboard ourselves and off we went.

  • "You two stay here and guard this monoplane," exclaimed Jacques.

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

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

    Learning to Fly Claude Grahame-White
  • The destruction of this monoplane was, to me, a great disappointment.

    Learning to Fly Claude Grahame-White
  • He shut off his motor and turned the monoplane's nose directly at the earth.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • The monoplane is, without any doubt, the prettiest of machines in the air.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
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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