AskDefine | Define cowling

Dictionary Definition

cowling n : protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine; "there are powerful engines under the hoods of new cars"; "the mechanic removed the cowling in order to repair the plane's engine" [syn: hood, bonnet, cowl]

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  1. A removable protective covering for the engine of an aircraft, motorcycle etc

Extensive Definition

A cowling is a covering of a vehicle's engine, most often found on automobiles and aircraft. Cowlings can serve multiple purposes, including aerodynamics, cooling of an engine by directing airflow, as an air intake for jet engines, and for aesthetic or decorative purposes.
See NACA cowling, and Townend ring for examples in aviation.
The word cowling is derived from cowl, a garment worn by monks.
cowling in Japanese: カウル
cowling in Norwegian: Cowling
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