nacelle

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Old French nacele (small boat), from Latin navicella. The Modern English spelling is under the influence of Middle French and Modern French nacelle.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nacelle (plural nacelles)

  1. A separate streamlined enclosure mounted on an aircraft to house an engine, cargo, or crew.
  2. The part between the tower and rotor of a wind turbine.
  3. The compartment that holds passengers on a hot-air balloon, a dirigible, or an aerostat; a gondola.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Late Latin navicella, diminutive of navis (boat).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nacelle f (plural nacelles)

  1. (literary) skiff
  2. gondola (of hot-air balloon etc.)
  3. pod (of spacecraft)
  4. cradle