1. A small boat. (obsolete)2. The basket suspended from a balloon; hence, the framework forming the body of a dirigible balloon, and containing the machinery, passengers, etc.3. A boatlike, inclosed body of an aëroplane.
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Old French nacele (“small boat”), from Latin navicella. The Modern English spelling is under the influence of Middle French and Modern French nacelle.
nacelle (plural nacelles) A separate streamlined enclosure mounted on an aircraft to house an engine, cargo, or crew. The part between the tower and rotor of a wind turbine. The compartment that holds passengers on a hot-air balloon, a dirigible, or an aerostat; a gondola.
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