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triplane

[trahy-pleyn] /ˈtraɪˌpleɪn/
1.
an airplane with three supporting wings, one above another: a design used mainly in the early history of the airplane.
Origin of triplane
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10; tri- + plane1
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  • Here was the principle of the modern biplane and triplane in its infancy.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • It is a tiny Curtiss triplane, the span of whose wings is only 25 feet.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • I mean that when Andy tries to fly in his triplane it will be our turn to laugh.

  • "Yes, that's where the young master is making his triplane," answered the man.

  • It was followed by the others, two monoplanes and a triplane.

  • He was not above but he saw the triplane falling down in a series of somersaults.

    The Red Battle Flyer Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
  • First decide upon the kind of a machine you want—monoplane, biplane, or triplane.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • Captain Ball flew a triplane and encountered my brother flying by himself at the Front.

    The Red Battle Flyer Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
  • 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 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
British Dictionary definitions for triplane

triplane

/ˈtraɪˌpleɪn/
noun
1.
an aeroplane having three wings arranged one above the other
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