monorail

[mon-uh-reyl]

noun

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.

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Nearby words

  1. monoprotic,
  2. monopsony,
  3. monopteral,
  4. monopteron,
  5. monopteros,
  6. monorchid,
  7. monorchidism,
  8. monorchism,
  9. monorhinous,
  10. monorhyme

Origin of monorail

First recorded in 1895–1900; mono- + rail1

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British Dictionary definitions for monorail

monorail

noun

a single-rail railway, often elevated and with suspended cars
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Word Origin and History for monorail

monorail

n.

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

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