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nacelle

Syllabification: na·celle
Pronunciation: /nəˈsel
 
/

Definition of nacelle in English:

noun

1A streamlined housing or tank for something on the outside of an aircraft or motor vehicle.
Example sentences
  • The center section of the wing, installed beneath the fuselage, carried the two engine nacelles and the retractable landing gear.
  • I could clearly see his engine nacelles, fuselage, wings and tail in the dark.
  • Oil and fuel coming from three failed cylinders created a fire on the outboard side of the engine nacelle.
1.1The outer casing of an aircraft engine.
1.2chiefly historical The car of an airship.

Origin

early 20th century (originally denoting the car of an airship): from French, from late Latin navicella, diminutive of Latin navis 'ship'.

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