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n. A structure design in which the frame and body are built as a single integrated structure.


Monocoque is a structural approach whereby loads are supported through an object's external skin, similar to an egg shell. The technique may also be called structural skin. The word monocoque is a French term for "single shell" or (of boats) "single hull".

Usage examples of "monocoque".

Aluminium alloys, monocoque construction, far advanced over the flimsy old wooden contraptions that were used in the war.

It is a critical point where the A-arm connects both to the shock absorber and to the monocoque frame of the Porsche.

Porsche had a suspension failure that seems to have damaged the monocoque frame to the extent that the car will not be able to race Sunday.

The fuselage was light plywood, a monocoque hull factory-made in two pieces and then fastened together along a central seam, much stronger than the old fabric models and extremely simple to make, which was crucial these days.

Oh, will you look at that sweet monocoque body all banged up to hell and gone.

But then the monocoque egg-shaped cockpit had detached, as it had been engineered to do, hit a buried slope and gone airborne.

Class A diesel pusher with dual 6V Coach batteries, ducted AC and heat, 100-gallon gas tank, LP and water, a 4KV generator and a full monocoque chassis.

The reduced muzzle velocity was causing the shells to explode before penetrating the RAF airframes, and the cannon shells were fragmenting into such small pieces that the monocoque structures were often being perforated but not always shattered.