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

Examples of cowling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Investigators will also look at why the cowling, which covers the front of the engine, broke off along with other parts. David Koenig,, 23 Feb. 2021 Other experts said Boeing could be in the spotlight too as investigators look into why the cowling separated from the engine. David Koenig,, 23 Feb. 2021 Investigators also want to know why a cowling, which covers part of the fuselage, broke away. Stephen Singer,, 23 Feb. 2021 But investigators are still trying to understand why the engine’s front external cover, known as the cowling, was then ripped away, according to NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. Alison Sider, WSJ, 23 Feb. 2021 The inlet and cowling were separated from the engine. USA Today, 23 Feb. 2021 Also of concern was the fact that the cowling — the circular piece on the front of the engine — fell from the sky. New York Times, 22 Feb. 2021 The cowling does come off for the major service, but that one's only every five years or 1000 hours. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 12 Feb. 2021 The kid stretched his pencil-thin neck over the cowling and stomped on the rudder pedals, left and right, left and right, weaving around bergs. Lionel Atwill, Field & Stream, 24 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of cowling

1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Cowling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cowling

: a metal covering for the engine of an airplane


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