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nacelle (nəˈsɛl Pronunciation for nacelle



  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

Example Sentences Including 'nacelle'

At the rear of each nacelle is a set of vanes that can be angled downwards to generate lift as well as forward thrust.
New Scientist (1999)
On top of the nacelle was a remarkably big canopy giving perfect all-round view, and in the nose was a battery of cannon and machine guns.
Gunston, Bill Plane Speaking - a personal view of aviation history
``The Softail Deluxe has an exclusive new sculpted headlight nacelle and clean front and rear lightbars with bullet turn signals.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2005)


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