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1. A separate streamlined enclosure on an aircraft or spacecraft for sheltering the crew or cargo or for housing an engine and usually its related components.
2. A similar enclosure on a wind turbine that houses the energy-generating components, including the shaft, generator, and gearing, and to which the rotor and blades of the turbine are attached.

[French, dinghy, gondola, from Old French nacele, small boat, from Late Latin nāvicella, diminutive of Latin nāvis, ship; see nāu- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Aeronautics) a streamlined enclosure on an aircraft, not part of the fuselage, to accommodate an engine, passengers, crew, etc
[C20: from French: small boat, from Late Latin nāvicella, a diminutive of Latin nāvis ship]
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1. the enclosed part of an airplane, dirigible, etc., in which the engine is housed or in which cargo or passengers are carried.
2. the car of a balloon.
[1475–85; < French: a small boat < Late Latin nāvicella, for Latin nāvicula, derivative of nāvi(s) ship (see nave1); compare -elle]
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Noun1.nacelle - a streamlined enclosure for an aircraft engine
enclosure - a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
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[næˈsel] Nbarquilla f, góndola f
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(on aeroplane) → (Flugzeug)rumpf m
(= gondola) (on airship) → (Luftschiff-)gondel f; (on balloon) → (Ballon)korb m
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Housed in a 35-metre high, 3,000 sq m hall it will be used for the performance, endurance and compressed life testing of complete nacelles up to 15MW.
It will accommodate a test rig which will conduct performance, endurance and compressed life testing of complete nacelles up to 15MW.
They are used on a variety of components in the aircraft industry including aviation fuel pumps, hydraulic landing gear parts, cabin interior parts and engine nacelles.
Supplier of aviation systems and services Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) announced on Thursday that it has signed a five-year nacelle services agreement with intercity airline BA CityFlyer for support of nacelles and thrust reversers in its fleet of Embraer 190 aircraft powered by General Electric CF34-10 engines.
GKN, Lockheed Martin GKN will deliver a total of 158 nacelles this year, including spares, to Lockheed Martin for its C-130J airlifter.