belly pan

noun

Definition of belly pan 

: a sheet of metal that covers and protects all or a portion of the underside of an automobile Replacing the oil filter requires removal of the belly pan on the right side, which is held by three bolts. —Mort Schultz, Popular Mechanics, September 1973 … fashioned a smooth belly pan to cover virtually the entire underside of the car … —Steven Cole Smith, Car and Driver, December 1998 The belly pan scrapes against the ground a few times as the fully independent suspension absorbs the terrain. —Dan McCosh, Popular Science, November 2001

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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