fuselage
Nacelle Na*celle" (n[.a]*s[e^]l"), n. [F.] 1. A small boat. [Obs.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. The basket suspended from a balloon; hence, the framework forming the body of a dirigible balloon, and containing the machinery, passengers, etc. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

3. A streamlined enclosure on an airplane, as for the engine or for the cargo or passengers; -- formerly used to refer to the boatlike, inclosed body of an airplane which is usually now called the {fuselage}, and now referring mostly to the enclosure for the engine. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]


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  • Fuselage — of a Boeing 737 shown in brown The fuselage (pronounced /ˈfjuːzəlɑːʒ/; from the French fuselé spindle shaped ) is an aircraft s main body section that holds crew and passengers or cargo. In single engine aircraft it will usually contain an… …   Wikipedia

  • fuselage — [ fyz(ə)laʒ ] n. m. • 1908; de fuselé, ou de l expr. fuseau moteur ♦ Corps (d un avion, d un planeur) auquel sont fixées les ailes. ● fuselage nom masculin Corps fuselé d un avion ou d un planeur, reliant les ailes à l empennage et constituant… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • fuselage — fu se*lage n. [F. fusel spindle shaped + age; fr. L. fusus spindle.] (A[ e]ronautics) The central, approximately cylindrical portion of an airplane which carries the passengers, crew, and cargo. It usually forms the main structural portion of an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fuselage — (n.) 1909, from Fr. fuselage, from fuselé spindle shaped, from O.Fr. *fus spindle, from L. fusus spindle. So called from its shape …   Etymology dictionary

  • fuselage — ► NOUN ▪ the main body of an aircraft. ORIGIN French, from fuseler shape into a spindle …   English terms dictionary

  • fuselage — [fyo͞o′sə läzh΄; fyo͞o′zəläzh΄; fyo͞o′səläj΄, fyo͞o′zə läj΄, fyo͞o′zəlij΄, fyo͞o′zə lij΄] n. [Fr < fuselé, tapering (< OFr fus, spindle < L fusus) + age, AGE] the body of an airplane, exclusive of the wings, tail assembly, and engines …   English World dictionary

  • Fuselage — Article principal : Configuration générale d un aéronef. Fuselage avant (et poste de pilotage) d un bombardier B 29 Le fuselage désigne l enveloppe d un avion qui reçoit généralement la charge transportée, ainsi que l équipage. Le fuselage d …   Wikipédia en Français

  • fuselage — /fyooh seuh lahzh , lij, zeuh , fyooh seuh lahzh , zeuh /, n. Aeron. the complete central structure to which the wing, tail surfaces, and engines are attached on an airplane. [1905 10; < F, equiv. to fusel(é) spindle shaped (deriv. of fuseau… …   Universalium

  • fuselage — UK [ˈfjuːzəlɑːʒ] / US [ˈfjuzəˌlɑʒ] noun [countable] Word forms fuselage : singular fuselage plural fuselages the main part of an aircraft that the wings are fixed to …   English dictionary

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