Definition of monoplane in English:



  • An aeroplane with one pair of wings.

    Often contrasted with biplane, triplane
    • ‘Their first airplane, the Cootie, was a single-seat monoplane with a twocylinder Lawrence engine.’
    • ‘True bombers emerge during the middle years of the war, in the form of large, multi-engine monoplanes capable of lifting up to a ton of explosives.’
    • ‘We've gone from delivering airmail in rickety monoplanes to checking e-mail in cushy cabins that roar over continents.’
    • ‘The aircraft is a cantilever high-wing monoplane and is configured for transportation, paratroop drop, electronic surveillance, airborne communications relay and medical evacuation.’
    • ‘By the spring of 1908 he had completed a monoplane powered by a front-mounted automobile engine and propeller.’
    • ‘The aircraft is a low wing monoplane with a fuselage of semi-monocoque design constructed mainly of aluminum with steel and titanium.’
    • ‘The graceful low-wing monoplane with its V - 12 engine was an immediate success.’
    • ‘The War Ministry formed the Army Aviation Unit, purchasing eight French-built aircraft, four monoplanes and four biplanes.’
    • ‘In 1884, an Imperial Russian Navy officer, Aleksandr Mozhaisky, used a ramp to coax a monoplane into the air for 65 to 100 feet outside St. Petersburg.’
    • ‘The rugged aircraft proved popular with owners but time began to take its toll and newer monoplanes began to replace the biplane classics.’
    • ‘Aviation surged ahead in France and in 1909 Louis Bleriot and his small monoplane crossed the English Channel - the first international flight.’
    • ‘In rapid sequence, the heavily-loaded single-engine aircraft, seven monoplanes and one biplane, were sent on their way.’
    • ‘This large monoplane, which rather oddly does not appear to be carrying a civil registration, was powered by a Wright Whirlwind of 330 horsepower.’
    • ‘At a time when American airliners were all-metal monoplanes, the Navy stuck with biplanes with fabric-covered wings.’
    • ‘In 1926, he designed a three-seat Wright-powered commercial monoplane for Tony Yackey.’
    • ‘Other models followed, including the Courier, the world's first single-engine monoplane with retractable undercarriage.’
    • ‘At this time, the Air Ministry was not keen on a monoplane despite the fact that a monoplane had established a world speed record of 423 mph.’
    • ‘In the same staunch monoplane, the Lindberghs flew from Washington, DC, across the Bering Sea to Tokyo in July 1931.’
    • ‘Japanese had featherweight monoplanes and twinfloat seaplane fighters that sacrificed everything else for incredible maneuverability.’
    • ‘In the following year he was given the go-ahead to build an all-metal monoplane that would become the Supermarine Spitfire.’