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 The aircraft can carry weapons externally on its wings and fuselage if stealth is not a concern. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 29 Mar. 2022 Farmers came across shards of wreckage, apparently from the plane’s wings and fuselage, some showing the lettering of China Eastern. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2022 With full view of the runway, the space includes a fuselage art piece atop a fireplace and five televisions. Marc Bona, cleveland, 18 Apr. 2022 The 787, a larger plane than the 737, has been plagued by production flaws such as unacceptable gaps between fuselage panels. David Koenig, ajc, 15 Feb. 2022 The machines can churn out an entire rocket fuselage in just a few days. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 5 Feb. 2022 The large quad-jet aircraft with a twin fuselage requires a lot of maintenance between flights. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 23 Feb. 2022 There, the fuselage and left wing will be reunited. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 31 Jan. 2022 The other was an extended-range model with a longer fuselage and a 76-foot wing. David Axe, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 May 2022

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“Fuselage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuselage. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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