biplane

[bahy-pleyn]
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noun

an airplane with two sets of wings, one above and usually slightly forward of the other.

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Origin of biplane

First recorded in 1870–75; bi-1 + (air)plane

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British Dictionary definitions for biplane

biplane

noun

a type of aeroplane having two sets of wings, one above the otherCompare monoplane
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Word Origin and History for biplane

biplane

n.

airplane with two full wings, one above the other, 1874, as a theoretical notion; first attested 1908 in reference to the real thing; from bi- + plane (n.1). So called from the two "planes" of the double wings.

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