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[trahy-pleyn] /ˈtraɪˌpleɪn/
an airplane with three supporting wings, one above another: a design used mainly in the early history of the airplane.
Origin of triplane
First recorded in 1905-10; tri- + plane1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • About a month later R. Rohlfe, piloting a Curtiss triplane, broke the height record by reaching 34,610 feet.

    A History of Aeronautics E. Charles Vivian
  • Here was the principle of the modern biplane and triplane in its infancy.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • "Yes, that's where the young master is making his triplane," answered the man.

  • It is a tiny Curtiss triplane, the span of whose wings is only 25 feet.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • triplane—An aeroplane of which the main lifting surface consists of three surfaces or pairs of wings mounted one above the other.

  • There is some curious error here, for Captain Ball was not flying a triplane at the time of his death.

    The Red Battle Flyer Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
  • The triplane is by far the best type for these giant raiders that fly by night.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • The change from triplane to biplane, or vice versa, may be readily made in a few minutes.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • I mean that when Andy tries to fly in his triplane it will be our turn to laugh.

  • He continued to gaze upward as the triplane shot forward, the noise of the motor being plainly heard.

British Dictionary definitions for triplane


an aeroplane having three wings arranged one above the other
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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