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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Recent Examples on the Web The flight fuselage also had damage to a non-critical composite piece designed to make the plane more aerodynamic, Sumwalt said. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Investigators release preliminary findings on the United Airlines flight engine failure. Here's what we know," 23 Feb. 2021 In the case of an aircraft’s control surfaces, that also introduces more drag, both because the fuselage isn’t necessarily pointing straight and the rudder and ailerons are using the air around them to generate that counter-torque. Brian Barrett, Wired, "How Planes Keep Flying After an Engine Catches Fire," 22 Feb. 2021 The cowl parts hit the fuselage of that aircraft causing a window to shatter, which led to rapid depressurization and passenger Jennifer Riordan being partially sucked out of the cabin. Amanda Maile, ABC News, "What you need to know about the United engine failure, grounding of some Boeing 777s," 22 Feb. 2021 The fuselage contains an upper sensor assembly, affixed to Ingenuity’s mast, which includes of an inclinometer, an IMU, and elements that minimize flight vibration to protect the helicopter's electronics. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the First Helo on Mars: A Deep Dive Into What Makes Ingenuity So…Ingenious," 20 Feb. 2021 With a fuselage the size of a tissue box, the helicopter's construction began about six years ago with the Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "Here's what we know about NASA's 'small but mighty' Mars Helicopter," 25 Jan. 2021 Loss of the horizontal stabilizer would result in the aft (rear) part of the airplane tumbling forward causing forces that would break the fuselage apart. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Can a plane make an emergency landing without its 'tail wings?'," 21 Jan. 2021 Such areas can create tiny gaps where fuselage sections are linked together and could lead to premature structural fatigue, which can require extensive repairs. Andrew Tangel And Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Boeing Widens 787 Dreamliner Inspections After Finding More Assembly-Line Defects," 14 Dec. 2020 Tjahjanto said Sunday that human remains and scraps of clothing were found among broken pieces of the fuselage as hope for finding survivors diminishes. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Divers recover flight data recorder from crashed Indonesian passenger plane," 12 Jan. 2021

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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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“Fuselage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuselage. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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