fuselage

[fyoo-suh-lahzh, -lij, -zuh-, fyoo-suh-lahzh, -zuh-]
noun Aeronautics.
the complete central structure to which the wing, tail surfaces, and engines are attached on an airplane.

Origin:
1905–10; < French, equivalent to fusel(é) spindle-shaped (derivative of fuseau spindle; see fusee) + -age -age

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fuselage (ˈfjuːzɪˌlɑːʒ)
 
n
the main body of an aircraft, excluding the wings, tailplane, and fin
 
[C20: from French, from fuseler to shape like a spindle, from Old French fusel spindle; see fusee]

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fuselage
1909, from Fr. fuselage, from fuselé "spindle-shaped," from O.Fr. *fus "spindle," from L. fusus "spindle." So called from its shape.
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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

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Example sentences
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.
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