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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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  • 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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Word Origin and History for nacelle
n.

late 15c., "small boat," from Old French nacele "little boat, bark, skiff" (12c., Modern French nacelle), from Vulgar Latin *naucella, from Late Latin navicella "a little ship," diminutive of navis "ship" (see naval). Meaning "gondola of an airship" is from 1901; extended to "cockpit of an aircraft" by 1914; later transferred to other similar housings and structures.

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