Definition of biplane in US English:

biplane

noun

  • An early type of aircraft with two pairs of wings, one above the other.

    • ‘Airplane designs that have never seen the light of day populate these skies, including dual fuselage, push-driven biplanes with counter-rotating propellers, and zeppelins that behave more like aircraft carriers.’
    • ‘The biplane came to rest inverted after the right wing dragged the ground during the attempted off-airport emergency landing.’
    • ‘These are fearless people who are strapped to rigs on the top wing of a 1940s biplane while the aircraft performs a sequence of loops, rolls and turns in front of air show crowds across the country.’
    • ‘The Wildcat is a cross-over from the biplane to the monoplane fighter.’
    • ‘Whereas WWI happened in the infancy of the airplane when biplanes were the machines of flying combat, WWII was the first war where the evolving plane technology created a full-scale theater of war in the skies above Europe and the Pacific.’
    • ‘The craft is a biplane flying boat that is thought to have been designed and built immediately after the Great War.’
    • ‘Metal replaced wood in aircraft structures, the monoplane layout replaced the biplane, and a variety of specialized refinements were incorporated in fighter design.’
    • ‘At a time when American airliners were all-metal monoplanes, the Navy stuck with biplanes with fabric-covered wings.’
    • ‘In 1914, 4 squadrons went to France with 63 aeroplanes, most of them BE2 biplanes (Blériot Experimental), made at the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough.’
    • ‘When the biplane was pushed out of the hangar, the incoming tide covered the tidal flat making it necessary to cancel the flight.’
    • ‘The clumsy wire-braced cloth and wood biplanes that had characterized the early days of aviation quickly fell by the side of the runway as manufacturers began to build aircraft which could cash in on the sudden mania for high speed.’
    • ‘The two-seat biplane was the standard basic and primary training aircraft at fields in the United States during the war.’
    • ‘Fighter development in Europe was rapidly changing the way American designers were regarding their aircraft and it was obvious the day of the biplane combat aircraft was over.’
    • ‘The filmmakers have rounded up a fine-looking collection of biplanes and triplanes, which contributes to the authentic feel of the film.’
    • ‘I love reading about flying daredevils who rode the wings of biplanes in the 1930s, or Kentucky farmers who plowed their fields with teams of matched mules.’
    • ‘After the 1912 Connecticut War Games, the Army recognized the need for a standardized aircraft which had more capabilities than the earlier pusher biplanes.’
    • ‘These aircraft are simply the most beautiful modern biplanes available today, and they are the only roomy round engine sport biplane being built by a manufacturing company.’
    • ‘Grumman created Design 7, which was a single-engine biplane amphibian with landing gear that retracted into its large central float.’
    • ‘In rapid sequence, the heavily-loaded single-engine aircraft, seven monoplanes and one biplane, were sent on their way.’
    • ‘It is intriguing to contemplate that perhaps avian flight, like aircraft evolution, went through a biplane stage before the monoplane was introduced.’

Pronunciation

biplane

/ˈbīˌplān//ˈbaɪˌpleɪn/