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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nacelle(noun)

    a streamlined enclosure for an aircraft engine


  1. Nacelle(n.)

    A streamlined enclosure on an airplane, as for the engine or for the cargo or passengers; -- formerly used to refer to the boatlike, inclosed body of an airplane which is usually now called the fuselage, and now referring mostly to the enclosure for the engine.

  2. Origin: [F.]


  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.

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