fuselage

noun
fu·​se·​lage | \ˈfyü-sə-ˌläzh, -zə-\

Definition of fuselage 

: the central body portion of an aircraft designed to accommodate the crew and the passengers or cargo — see airplane illustration

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The twin-engine Boeing 737 that left New York with 149 people board was hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage, killing a passenger and injuring seven others, authorities said. CBS News, "Tammie Jo Shults, pilot of Southwest flight with blown engine, praised for "nerves of steel"," 18 Apr. 2018 Two pieces of the broken fan blade were found inside the engine of the Southwest Airlines jet, but other pieces dislodged the cowl that fatally damaged the wing and fuselage of the Boeing 737-700, investigators said Thursday. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Investigators find two pieces of broken fan blade inside Southwest Airlines engine," 3 May 2018 The National Transportation Safety Board is trying to determine why a fan blade tore loose, shattering the CFM engine and shooting fragments into a wing and the fuselage of the Boeing Co. 737-700. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Southwest Airlines is giving $5,000 to every passenger on plane that had an engine explode," 20 Apr. 2018 The National Transportation Safety Board is trying to determine why a fan blade tore loose, shattering the CFM engine and shooting fragments at a wing and the fuselage of the Boeing Co. 737-700. Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg.com, "Southwest Airlines Gives $5,000 to Passengers on Fatal Flight," 20 Apr. 2018 The fuselage appeared to have struck the median, and pieces of its wings, which spanned 132 feet, were scattered across lanes in both directions. NBC News, "Investigators search for cause of deadly WC-130 plane crash in Georgia," 4 May 2018 The fuselage appeared to have struck the median, and pieces of its wings, which spanned 132 feet (40 meters), were scattered across lanes in both directions. Russ Bynum And Danica Coto, BostonGlobe.com, "Transport plane that crashed in Georgia was on its final trip," 3 May 2018 The fuselage appeared to have struck the median, and pieces of its wings, which spanned 132 feet, were scattered across lanes in both directions. CBS News, "Plane crash video shows National Guard C-130 aircraft plunging to ground," 3 May 2018 The huge plane's fuselage appeared to have struck the median, and pieces of its wings were scattered across lanes in both directions. Fox News, "The Latest: Official: 'To our knowledge ... no survivors'," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of fuselage

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fuselage

borrowed from French, from fuselé "spindle-shaped" (from past participle of fuseler "to give the shape of a spindle to," going back to Middle French, derivative of fusel "spindle," diminutive of fus "spindle," going back to Latin fūsus, of obscure origin) + -age -age

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fuselage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fuselage

: the main part of an airplane : the part of an airplane that holds the crew, passengers, and cargo

fuselage

noun
fu·​se·​lage | \ˈfyü-sə-ˌläzh, -zə-\

Kids Definition of fuselage

: the part of an airplane that holds the crew, passengers, and cargo

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