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[fyoo-suh-lahzh, -lij, -zuh-, fyoo-suh-lahzh, -zuh-] /ˈfyu səˌlɑʒ, -lɪdʒ, -zə-, ˌfyu səˈlɑʒ, -zə-/
noun, Aeronautics.
the complete central structure to which the wing, tail surfaces, and engines are attached on an airplane.
Origin of fuselage
1905-10; < French, equivalent to fusel(é) spindle-shaped (derivative of fuseau spindle; see fusee) + -age -age Unabridged
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  • Meanwhile enemy bullets have crashed through two spars, shot away a rudder-control, and ripped several parts of the fuselage.

  • He gestured furiously toward the fuselage of the old Supernova.

    By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He recognized it by the mysterious pod it carried under its body, three-quarters as long as the fuselage.

  • How the fuselage and tail plane stood the strain of it, God knows.

    Night Bombing with the Bedouins Robert Henry Reece
  • "'Tis safer in the air," said Tam as he swung into his fuselage.

    Tam O' The Scoots Edgar Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for fuselage


the main body of an aircraft, excluding the wings, tailplane, and fin
Word Origin
C20: from French, from fuseler to shape like a spindle, from Old French fusel spindle; see fusee
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Word Origin and History for fuselage

1909, from French fuselage, from fuselé "spindle-shaped," from Old French *fus "spindle," from Latin fusus "spindle" (see fuse (n.)). So called from its shape.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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