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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Headquartered in Kansas, the company designs and builds aerostructures like fuselages and wing components for both commercial and defense customers. Fortune, "Spirit AeroSystems Holdings," 1 July 2019 Photographs of the debris from the fuselage examined later by aviation experts have also confirmed that the damage to the plane was consistent with the type of damage caused by a BUK. Amy Knight, The New York Review of Books, "Flight MH17: Will Russia Get Away With It?," 19 Nov. 2014 The April 17 engine blowout on a flight from New York to Dallas sent debris from the engine cowling into parts of the jet’s wing and fuselage, breaking a window and killing passenger Jennifer Riordan. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Southwest Completes Engine Inspections," 16 May 2018 The behemoth, twin-fuselage Stratolaunch jet lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port and climbed into the desert sky 70 miles (112 kilometers) north of Los Angeles. John Antczak, The Seattle Times, "Giant Stratolaunch aircraft lifts off from California," 13 Apr. 2019 Central to the investigations is a sensor located on the plane's fuselage, which reportedly fed inaccurate data into the cockpit of Lion Air Flight 610, warning that the aircraft's tail was too high. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Boeing Charged Extra for Safety Features Tied to 737 Max Crashes," 21 Mar. 2019 Shortages of fuselages, engines and other parts have slowed Boeing’s output since last summer. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Boeing, Airbus Miss 2018 Jet Delivery Targets," 8 Jan. 2019 Engine debris damaged the jet's fuselage, wing and tail, according to the NTSB. Thom Patterson, CNN, "Southwest emergency landing puts focus on engine safety," 18 Apr. 2018 The jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Pensacola, Florida, after parts of the left engine broke apart, damaging the fuselage, wing and tail. Julie Johnsson, chicagotribune.com, "Southwest rushes engine checks amid first-of-its-kind crisis," 18 Apr. 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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