monocoque

[mon-uh-kohk, -kok]
noun
  1. a type of boat, aircraft, or rocket construction in which the shell carries most of the stresses.
  2. Automotive. a type of vehicular construction in which the body is combined with the chassis as a single unit.
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or being a monocoque.

Origin of monocoque

1910–15; < French, equivalent to mono- mono- + coque shell, eggshell (of uncertain origin)
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monocoque

noun
  1. a type of aircraft fuselage, car body, etc, in which all or most of the loads are taken by the skin
  2. a type of racing-car, racing-cycle, or powerboat design with no separate chassis and body
adjective
  1. of or relating to the design characteristic of a monocoque

Word Origin for monocoque

C20: from French, from mono- + coque shell
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