cowling

[kou-ling]
noun
a streamlined metal housing or removable covering for an engine, especially an aircraft engine, often part of or forming a continuous line with the fuselage or wing.

Origin:
1915–20; cowl + -ing1

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cowl

[koul]
noun
1.
a hooded garment worn by monks.
2.
the hood of this garment.
3.
part of a garment that is draped to resemble a cowl or hood.
4.
the forward part of the body of a motor vehicle supporting the rear of the hood and the windshield and housing the pedals and instrument panel.
5.
6.
a hoodlike covering for increasing the draft of a chimney or ventilator.
7.
a wire netting fastened to the top of the smokestack of a locomotive to prevent large sparks from being discharged; a spark arrester.
verb (used with object)
8.
to cover with or as if with a cowl.
9.
to put a monk's cowl on.
10.
to make a monk of.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English cou(e)le, Old English cugele, cūle < Late Latin cuculla monk's hood, variant of Latin cucullus hood

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cowl (kaʊl)
 
n
1.  a hood, esp a loose one
2.  the hooded habit of a monk
3.  a cover fitted to a chimney to increase ventilation and prevent draughts
4.  the part of a car body that supports the windscreen and the bonnet
5.  aeronautics another word for cowling
 
vb
6.  to cover or provide with a cowl
7.  to make a monk of
 
[Old English cugele, from Late Latin cuculla cowl, from Latin cucullus covering, cap, hood]

cowling (ˈkaʊlɪŋ)
 
n
Compare fairing Also called: cowl a streamlined metal covering, esp one fitted around an aircraft engine

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cowl
O.E. cule, from earlier cugele, from L.L. cuculla "monk's cowl," var. of L. cucullus "hood," of uncertain origin.
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Example sentences
But inspectors found no signs that the engines had failed or ingested birds or thrown a turbine blade through the cowling.
The only recognizable part of the plane was an engine cowling that had been thrown sixty yards behind the wreck.
Placing the registration stickers on places other than the right and left side of the cowling invalidates the registration.
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