- a streamlined metal housing or removable covering for an engine, especially an aircraft engine, often part of or forming a continuous line with the fuselage or wing.
Origin of cowling
- a hooded garment worn by monks.
- the hood of this garment.
- part of a garment that is draped to resemble a cowl or hood.
- the forward part of the body of a motor vehicle supporting the rear of the hood and the windshield and housing the pedals and instrument panel.
- a cowling.
- a hoodlike covering for increasing the draft of a chimney or ventilator.
- a wire netting fastened to the top of the smokestack of a locomotive to prevent large sparks from being discharged; a spark arrester.
- to cover with or as if with a cowl.
- to put a monk's cowl on.
- to make a monk of.
Origin of cowl
Examples from the Web for cowling
This indicates an explosion inside the engine that spewed debris and tore away the cowling.Should We Be Scared of the Superjumbo Jet?
November 4, 2010
Her eyes sought the cowling of the little machine fearfully.The Moon Colony
William Dixon Bell
Figure 33 illustrates the latter type located between the cowling and the crankcase.
The old man hoisted himself, leaned over the cowling gibbered in Dick's ear.
After going over my engine, I found that a tappet rod had broken and stripped the cowling.Sixty Squadron R.A.F.
Group-Captain A. J. L. Scott
He caught hold of it somehow and made the end fast to the cowling brace.Dave Dawson with the R.A.F
R. Sidney Bowen
- a streamlined metal covering, esp one fitted around an aircraft engineAlso called: cowl Compare fairing 1
- a hood, esp a loose one
- the hooded habit of a monk
- a cover fitted to a chimney to increase ventilation and prevent draughts
- the part of a car body that supports the windscreen and the bonnet
- aeronautics another word for cowling
- to cover or provide with a cowl
- to make a monk of
Word Origin and History for cowling
Old English cule, from earlier cugele, from Late Latin cuculla "monk's cowl," variant of Latin cucullus "hood, cowl," of uncertain origin. Cowling is 1917 in the aircraft sense.