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

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The Lion Air flight crashed last November when a faulty sensor on the plane's fuselage triggered the MCAS, sending the plane into an irreversible descent into the Java Sea, killing 189 people. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing Takes Responsibility For Both 737 Max 8 Crashes and Apologizes," 4 Apr. 2019 The Beluga XL spent eight days being poked and prodded, first with an empty fuselage, then fully loaded with cargo. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Airbus Rattles Its Whale of a Jet in the Name of Safety," 8 June 2018 Technological breakthroughs have all been devoted to economizing on fuel by building more efficient engines and more aerodynamic fuselages and wings. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Airbus Shows Danger of Wanting It Bigger and Faster," 14 Feb. 2019 With flat sides on the fuselage, Scaled can make panels and clone the part for use almost anywhere on the airplane. Michael Belfiore, Popular Mechanics, "Say Hello to Stratolaunch, the World's Largest Plane," 17 Apr. 2012 The Dreamliner embraced a host of new technologies, notably its weight-saving carbon-fiber fuselage. Robert Wall, WSJ, "The Last 747: Airlines Dump the Jumbo Jet, Transforming International Travel," 29 Dec. 2018 Stratolaunch, created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has been developing a giant dual-fuselage plane to launch rockets into orbit. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Microsoft co-founder’s space venture plans to create three new rockets, including a spaceplane," 20 Aug. 2018 The plane gets way up there with a little help from a dual fuselage mothership (in simpler terms, two planes with their wings connected in the middle), which carries it up to 40,000 feet. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Virgin Galactic Just Made Its Second Successful Test Flight to Space," 27 July 2018 Two prototypes of the T-X were produced by Boeing and Saab, with Saab building components for the aft fuselage and other systems. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Boeing/Saab joint T-X design wins Air Force’s jet trainer competition," 28 Sep. 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 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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