cowl·​ing | \ ˈkau̇-liŋ How to pronounce cowling (audio) \

Definition of cowling

: a removable metal covering that houses the engine and sometimes a part of the fuselage or nacelle of an airplane also : a metal cover for an engine

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The April 17 engine blowout on a flight from New York to Dallas sent debris from the engine cowling into parts of the jet’s wing and fuselage, breaking a window and killing passenger Jennifer Riordan. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Southwest Completes Engine Inspections," 16 May 2018 The cowling for the left-hand turbine is missing, just like Luke’s, and there’s a bit of damage on the nose. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "I couldn’t test-drive Radio Flyer’s Star Wars landspeeder, but my 5-year-old did," 6 July 2018 Investigators have found numerous remnants of the cowling on the ground, including a large piece roughly 65 miles from where the plane touched down, Mr. Sumwalt said. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Fan Blade, Engine Cover Are Factors in Southwest Flight 1380 Engine Failure," 19 Apr. 2018 Pieces of the engine including its cowling – the smooth metal exterior that covers its inner workings – were found about 60 miles (97 km) from Philadelphia airport, Sumwalt said. Anchorage Daily News, "FAA orders engine inspections after Southwest explosion," 19 Apr. 2018 But just over 20 minutes into the flight, at an altitude of about 30,000 feet somewhere above Hershey, Pennsylvania, the left engine of the Boeing 737-700 exploded, blowing off its cowling. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How a cracked fan blade (probably) ended a decade of no US air travel fatalities," 18 Apr. 2018 The engine family involved in the April accident has had two such cowling ruptures in some 350 million flight hours, according to engine experts. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "FAA Expands Engine Checks After Southwest Accident," 21 June 2018 Officials said that part of the engine's exterior, the cowling, was found in Bernville, Pennsylvania, roughly 70 miles from Philadelphia's airport. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Southwest jet's broken fan blade triggered chain reaction of disaster, investigators say," 18 Apr. 2018 Photos show a gaping hole where a window was on the 737, and outside a mangled mess of engine cowling, with the white on blue Southwest lettering crumpled like a soda can. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "How Southwest Flight 1380's Pilots Landed With a Blown Engine," 17 Apr. 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cowling

: a metal covering for the engine of an airplane

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