Definition of fuselage
: the central body portion of an aircraft designed to accommodate the crew and the passengers or cargo — see airplane illustration
Recent Examples of fuselage from the Web
Power-Generating Windmills In the very rare occurrence that an aircraft loses all power mid-flight, many modern planes are furnished with a small propeller that deploys from either a wing or the fuselage.
Cirrus, based in Duluth, Minn., says the Vision is unique with its single-engine, carbon-fiber fuselage and Cirrus’ whole-plane parachute, which allows a pilot to float the entire aircraft to earth in event of an insurmountable midair emergency.
There on the fuselage, about two-thirds of the way from the plane’s nose to its tail, is a rectangular patch that shines a peculiar silver on the aircraft’s dusky skin.
In the French capital this year, Leahy is likely to secure further orders for the A350 wide-body aircraft, featuring a composite fuselage that reduces fuel burn, and the A330neo, a decades-old model that’s been given a life-extending new engine.
They were joined by two medics and an interpreter, who added welcome body heat to the cramped fuselage.
Now the fuselages built by robots are noticeably free of temporary fasteners.
Its enormous, catamaran-like aircraft will carry ‘air launch vehicles’ between its two fuselages and hoist them into the upper atmosphere.
Suspended between the twin-fuselages of a special jet, SpaceShipOne was carried to high altitude and released.
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Origin and Etymology of fuselage
French, from fuselé spindle-shaped, from Middle French, from fusel, diminutive of fus
First Known Use: 1909See Words from the same year
FUSELAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fuselage for English Language Learners
: the main part of an airplane : the part of an airplane that holds the crew, passengers, and cargo
FUSELAGE Defined for Kids
Definition of fuselage for Students
: the part of an airplane that holds the crew, passengers, and cargo
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