fu·​se·​lage | \ ˈfyü-sə-ˌläzh How to pronounce fuselage (audio) , -zə- \

Definition of fuselage

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

Examples of fuselage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of course, the BelugaXL looks like an actual XL-sized whale; that massive cargo bay tacked on the fuselage gives gives it the distinct shape. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "I Want to Ride This Whale," 14 Jan. 2020 The right wing separated from the fuselage upon landing hard on a street near 23rd Avenue and Deer Valley Road, according to a report released Monday from the National Transportation Safety Board. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Report: Airplane lost power in both engines before crash near Deer Valley Airport," 10 Jan. 2020 The North American Eagle is a supersonic vehicle made from the fuselage of a jet plane, according to the team's website. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Jessi Combs of 'Mythbusters' dies in jet car crash attempting speed record in Oregon," 28 Aug. 2019 But the administration, in the list rolled out in October, exempted those parts – fuselages and other airline sections – that are crucial to the ongoing operations at Mobile’s Airbus assembly plant. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, "Mobile to bring ‘firepower’ to Trump’s tariff talks involving Airbus," 2 Jan. 2020 For instance, an aircraft parts maker that produces Max fuselages and already has dozens of them in storage is trying to figure out what to do next. Tom Krisher, The Denver Post, "As Boeing suspends 737 Max production, economic ripples begin to spread," 17 Dec. 2019 For a sci-fi airplane, the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver looks nothing like the future: stubby wings, a burly fuselage and two fat pontoons. Dan Catchpole, Fortune, "Electric-Powered Commercial Airplane Makes History," 10 Dec. 2019 Packages are carried in a square pod or fuselage in the middle of the drone. Alan Levin, latimes.com, "Amazon unveils a chopper-plane mashup to deliver packages," 6 June 2019 The landing came after the crew reported damage to one of the engines, the fuselage and at least one window, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Southwest hero pilot wasn't supposed to be on the flight, she says," 10 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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The first known use of fuselage was in 1909

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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fuselage.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuselage. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce fuselage (audio) , -zə- \

Kids Definition of fuselage

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

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