from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A separate streamlined enclosure on an aircraft for sheltering the crew or cargo or housing an engine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A separate streamlined enclosure mounted on an aircraft to house an engine, cargo, or crew.
- n. The part between the tower and rotor of a wind turbine.
- n. The compartment that holds passengers on a hot-air balloon, a dirigible, or an aerostat; a gondola.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small boat.
- n. The basket suspended from a balloon; hence, the framework forming the body of a dirigible balloon, and containing the machinery, passengers, etc.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a streamlined enclosure for an aircraft engine
French, dinghy, gondola, from Old French nacele, small boat, from Late Latin nāvicella, diminutive of Latin nāvis, ship; see nāu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French nacele ("small boat"), from Latin navicella. The Modern English spelling is under the influence of Middle French and Modern French nacelle. (Wiktionary)