Monocoque definition

mŏnə-kōk, -kŏk
A metal structure, such as an aircraft, in which the skin absorbs all or most of the stresses to which the body is subjected.
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Designating or of a kind of construction, as of a rocket, in which the skin or outer shell bears all or most of the stresses.
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Designating or of a kind of construction, as of some racing cars, in which the body and chassis are a unit.
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A structure design in which the frame and body are built as a single integrated structure.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
monocoque
Plural:
monocoques

Origin of monocoque

  • French mono- mono- coque shell (from Old French) (from Latin coccum berry) (from Greek kokkos)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in 1914: from the French monocoque.

    From Wiktionary