Definition of fuselage in English:



  • The main body of an aircraft.

    • ‘The aircraft were originally delivered with yellow flying surfaces and olive drab fuselages but the fuselage color was later changed to a medium blue.’
    • ‘Check for wrinkles in the fuselage skin where the main gear leg goes into the fuselage.’
    • ‘An astrodome was located in the top of the fuselage forward of the aft partition of the crew quarters.’
    • ‘‘We hope there are enough remaining parts from the three recovered fuselages to produce another aircraft,’ said Bill.’
    • ‘As part of the Red Army, we had large red crosses painted in washable water color on the fuselages and wings of our aircraft.’
    • ‘As my speed carried me over him his prop sliced through my undercarriage, slashing the fuselage.’
    • ‘Axles and bracing struts were hinged to the bottom longerons of the fuselage.’
    • ‘The remaining two forward fuselages are being worked to the same status as the first two.’
    • ‘With the war going on, some consideration was given to replacing certain aluminum components with molded wood and this was done on some aircraft which had fuselage side panels and monocoque rear fuselages built of the material.’
    • ‘Shorts makes nacelle systems, fuselages, flight controls and air defence systems for Bombardier.’
    • ‘Also, the lower rudder attachment bracket has been made and fitted to the aft fuselage.’
    • ‘It is thought the seat of the fire was in the landing gear under the aircraft's main fuselage.’
    • ‘Dressmakers were now making aircraft fuselages, domestic servants were filling shells… and teachers were working in armament manufacture.’
    • ‘The fairings on all other aircraft extended much farther back along the fuselage.’
    • ‘A master at marketing, Todorov designed the clubhouse around the fuselage of an old aircraft.’
    • ‘A single point for pressure refueling is installed on the starboard side of the fuselage.’
    • ‘Each component presented very different challenges but concurrent work started on fuselages, wings, and cockpit tubs.’
    • ‘I take my seat along the side of the fuselage and strap in - already the aircraft is moving back to the runway.’
    • ‘Lackland even had special areas set aside to teach dogs to find scents in parked cars, luggage and aircraft fuselages, complete with seats.’
    • ‘The mission pod is mounted on the underside of the fuselage on stabilising pod roll arms.’
    framework, frame, skeleton, shell, casing, structure, substructure, bodywork, body
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Early 20th century: from French, from fuseler shape into a spindle, from fuseau spindle.