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[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.
Origin of fuselage
1905-10; < French, equivalent to fusel(é) spindle-shaped (derivative of fuseau spindle; see fusee) + -age -age Unabridged
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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
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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.

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