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 for fuselage
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  fuselage \fu"se*lage\ n. [F. fusel spindle-shaped + -age; fr. L.
     fusus spindle.] (A["e]ronautics)
     The central, approximately cylindrical portion of an airplane
     which carries the passengers, crew, and cargo. It usually
     forms the main structural portion of an airplane, and to it
     are typically attached the wings, tail, and sometimes the
     engines. In single-propeller airplanes, the propeller is
     typically fixed at the front of the fuselage, although
     variants have been produced with the propeller at the rear.
     Some airplanes have no fuselage, properly so called.
     Syn: body.
          [PJC] Fuse plug

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nacelle \Na*celle"\ (n[.a]*s[e^]l"), n. [F.]
     1. A small boat. [Obs.]
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     2. The basket suspended from a balloon; hence, the framework
        forming the body of a dirigible balloon, and containing
        the machinery, passengers, etc.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     3. A streamlined enclosure on an airplane, as for the engine
        or for the cargo or passengers; -- formerly used to refer
        to the boatlike, inclosed body of an airplane which is
        usually now called the fuselage, and now referring
        mostly to the enclosure for the engine.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the central body of an airplane that is designed to
           accommodate the crew and passengers (or cargo)

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