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nacelle

[nuh-sel] /nəˈsɛl/
noun
1.
the enclosed part of an airplane, dirigible, etc., in which the engine is housed or in which cargo or passengers are carried.
2.
the car of a balloon.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < French: a small boat < Late Latin nāvicella, for Latin nāvicula, equivalent to nāvi(s) ship (see nave) + -cula -cule1
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Examples for nacelle
  • The nacelle houses the major mechanical components of each turbine, including the main drive shaft, gear box and generator.
  • When the tower has been erected, crane operators carefully lift the nacelle and the blades.
British Dictionary definitions for nacelle

nacelle

/nəˈsɛl/
noun
1.
a streamlined enclosure on an aircraft, not part of the fuselage, to accommodate an engine, passengers, crew, etc
Word Origin
C20: from French: small boat, from Late Latin nāvicella, a diminutive of Latin nāvis ship
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