nacelle

[nuh-sel]
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:
1475–85; < French: a small boat < Late Latin nāvicella, for Latin nāvicula, equivalent to nāvi(s) ship (see nave) + -cula -cule1

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nacelle (nəˈsɛl)
 
n
a streamlined enclosure on an aircraft, not part of the fuselage, to accommodate an engine, passengers, crew, etc
 
[C20: from French: small boat, from Late Latin nāvicella, a diminutive of Latin nāvis ship]

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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.
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