Definitions for nacellenəˈsɛl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the enclosed part of an airplane, dirigible, etc., in which the engine is housed or in which cargo or passengers are carried.

    Category: Aeronautics

  2. the car of a balloon.

    Category: Aeronautics

Origin of nacelle:

1475–85; < F: a small boat < LL nāvicella, for L nāvicula, der. of nāvi(s) ship (see nave1); cf. -elle

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nacelle(noun)

    a streamlined enclosure for an aircraft engine


  1. nacelle(Noun)

    A separate streamlined enclosure mounted on an aircraft to house an engine, cargo, or crew.

  2. nacelle(Noun)

    The part between the tower and rotor of a wind turbine.

  3. nacelle(Noun)

    The compartment that holds passengers on a hot-air balloon, a dirigible, or an aerostat; a gondola.

  4. Origin: nacele, from navicella. The Modern English spelling is under the influence of Middle French and Modern French nacelle.


  1. Nacelle

    The nacelle is a cover housing that holds engines, fuel, or equipment on an aircraft. In some cases—for instance in the typical "Farman" type "pusher" aircraft, or the World War II-era P-38 Lightning—an aircraft's cockpit may also be housed in a nacelle, which essentially fills the function of a conventional fuselage. The covering is typically aerodynamically shaped.

Translations for nacelle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a kind of safety cage for people who are working on the outside of a tall building to stand in.

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