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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Recent Examples on the Web Boeing is also looking at a manufacturing issue with some engine covers that involves possible damage to a coating that insulates the engine cowlings from lighting strikes. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "FAA checking potentially "catastrophic" issue with 737 Max wiring," 6 Jan. 2020 This Poseidon of prop-spinners—under a carbon-fiber cowling pinstriped with LED lightbars—is currently the world’s most powerful production outboard motor. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Skip the Seasickness: How Boats Are Getting More Tech-Savvy," 28 June 2018 The left engine had failed, shooting metal fragments like bullets and peeling back the engine cowling like a banana. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "EAA: Southwest pilot recounts harrowing flight with blown engine, rapid depressurization," 23 July 2019 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

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Cowling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cowling

: a metal covering for the engine of an airplane

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