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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Each one has a 24-foot-wide rotating radar dome mounted above the fuselage, and a crew of five. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Once Shot Down One of its Own Planes on Purpose," 10 July 2018 The company focuses on products including aircraft fuselages and wing components. Ben Dummett And Dana Cimilluca, WSJ, "Spirit AeroSystems to Buy Asco Industries Parent for $650 Million," 2 May 2018 The blown engine sent shrapnel through the fuselage and into the window where passengers say Riordan was sitting. NBC News, "Firefighter on board fatal Southwest flight speaks on trying to save woman," 19 Apr. 2018 Debris from the engine's inlet damaged the plane's fuselage and wing, but the passengers' interior compartment wasn't penetrated, according to the NTSB's initial findings, published in September 2016. Jason Hanna And Steve Almasy, CNN, "This wasn't the first time a Southwest jet lost a fan blade in its engine," 18 Apr. 2018 One of Scaled’s 15 current projects is building Stratolaunch, a plane with an all-new composite airframe, a 385-foot wingspan, six Boeing 747 engines and two fuselages. Samantha Masunaga, latimes.com, "An interest in model airplanes paved the way for Ben Diachun of Scaled Composites," 8 June 2018 Others are intended to save on fuel costs or cram more passengers into the already cattle pen-like fuselage. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Seven Airplane Innovations That Could Change How We Travel," 30 May 2018 The record-breaking plane, which will have six engines and twin fuselages, is being built to carry a rocket to 30,000 feet. Michael Belfiore, Popular Mechanics, "Say Hello to Stratolaunch, the World's Largest Plane," 17 Apr. 2012 Engine debris tore a 5-inch-by-16-inch hole in the fuselage above the left wing, but didn't injure anyone inside the cabin. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "FAA hastens inspections to focus on oldest 737 engines, after Southwest engine failure," 16 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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English Language Learners Definition of fuselage

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


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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