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[lon-jer-uh n]
noun Aeronautics.
  1. a main longitudinal brace or support on an airplane.
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Origin of longeron

1910–15; < French: side-piece, equivalent to long(er) to run alongside, skirt (derivative of long long1) + -eron noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for longeron

Historical Examples

  • Longeron—The term usually applied to any long spar running length-ways of a fuselage.

    The Aeroplane Speaks

    H. Barber

  • A large gap in one side of the fuselage, over a longeron that was charred to powder in parts, bore witness to the fire.

British Dictionary definitions for longeron


  1. a main longitudinal structural member of an aircraft
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Word Origin

C20: from French: side support, ultimately from Latin longus long 1
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Word Origin and History for longeron


1912, from French longeron, from longer "to skirt, extend along," from allonger "to lengthen" (see lunge).

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