Is it farther or further?


[fyoo-suh-lahzh, -lij, -zuh-, fyoo-suh-lahzh, -zuh-] /ˈfyu səˌlɑʒ, -lɪdʒ, -zə-, ˌfyu səˈlɑʒ, -zə-/
noun, Aeronautics
the complete central structure to which the wing, tail surfaces, and engines are attached on an airplane.
1905-10; < French, equivalent to fusel(é) spindle-shaped (derivative of fuseau spindle; see fusee) + -age -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for fuselage
  • Paratroopers cannot jump out of it without risk of banging up against the fuselage.
  • The strength of the fuselage means that the cabin will be kept at a higher pressure than on conventional airliners.
  • The second run-in involved putting less people on the wing and more up astride the fuselage near the center of gravity.
  • The latest contract includes developing part of the fuselage and other portions of the jet, the company said.
  • The truck carrying their baggage then crashed into the plane, ripping a small hole in the fuselage.
  • The current wing shaking idea would present vast fuselage attachment problems.
  • Most helicopters have rotating airfoil shaped blades on top of the fuselage.
  • Into the sleepy rhythms of a holiday morning, human bodies came hurtling from a jet fuselage onto a quiet residential street.
  • When the electrical harnesses came to be fitted in the forward and aft fuselage sections, many didn't connect with each other.
  • One advantage to the pliable fuselage is that tinkerers have begun altering the out-of-the-box state.
British Dictionary definitions for fuselage


the main body of an aircraft, excluding the wings, tailplane, and fin
Word Origin
C20: from French, from fuseler to shape like a spindle, from Old French fusel spindle; see fusee
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for fuselage

1909, from French fuselage, from fuselé "spindle-shaped," from Old French *fus "spindle," from Latin fusus "spindle" (see fuse (n.)). So called from its shape.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for fuselage

central portion of the body of an airplane, designed to accommodate the crew, passengers, and cargo. It varies greatly in design and size according to the function of the aircraft. In a jet fighter the fuselage consists of a cockpit large enough only for the controls and pilot, but in a jet airliner it includes a much larger cockpit as well as a cabin that has separate decks for passengers and cargo. The predominant types of fuselage structures are the monocoque (i.e., kind of construction in which the outer skin bears a major part or all of the stresses) and semimonocoque. These structures provide better strength-to-weight ratios for the fuselage covering than the truss-type construction used in earlier planes

Learn more about fuselage with a free trial on
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for fuselage

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for fuselage

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for fuselage