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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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