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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
First recorded in 1895-1900; mono- + rail1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Standing up, he stretched and touched the top of the monorail car.

  • He was pointing into the distance and expounding on the merits of the monorail system.

    The Copper-Clad World Harl Vincent
  • But though a jet was faster than the monorail it was also more expensive.

    The Cartels Jungle Irving E. Cox, Jr.
  • But Tom kept listening to the subdued click of the monorail—and kept wondering.

    Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell
  • "I followed you from the monorail station," replied the boy.

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
  • To start the early Wright biplanes, the machines were placed on a monorail, along which they were towed by a cable.

  • For years, Mr. Brennan tells me, the problem haunted him, of how to make a monorail car balance itself.

  • Roads, monorail lines, all the countless tracks of civilization had disappeared beneath the green tide.

    When the Sleepers Woke Arthur Leo Zagat
  • He tossed and turned and worried and finally—comfortable as the monorail car was—he fell asleep from sheer exhaustion.

    Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell
  • A small cubicle jutted out from the ship and lowered itself along a monorail running down to the ground.

    Alien Offer Al Sevcik
British Dictionary definitions for monorail


a single-rail railway, often elevated and with suspended cars
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for monorail

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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