chas·​sis | \ ˈcha-sē How to pronounce chassis (audio) , ˈsha-sē How to pronounce chassis (audio) also ˈcha-səs \
plural chassis\ ˈcha-​sēz How to pronounce chassis (audio) , ˈsha-​sēz \

Definition of chassis

: the supporting frame of a structure (such as an automobile or television) Leaf springs are attached to the car's chassis. also : the frame and working parts (as of an automobile or electronic device) exclusive of the body or housing

Examples of chassis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It was built with an innovative lightweight chassis made of roughly 200 small tubes. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "Lamborghini, Maserati, Mini, T-Bucket: Our Favorite My Ride Cars of 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 That preserves customers’ flexibility to put a range of beds and bodies on the chassis. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Race car giants team up to deliver electric trucks for businesses," 12 Dec. 2020 Amazingly, the engine is mounted 9.4 inches farther back in the chassis than an Impreza's four. Car and Driver, "2013 Subaru BRZ First Drive," 18 Nov. 2020 Remarkable Off-Road Stability— The drivetrain is tucked up high in the chassis, making the Humvee as wide as an 18-wheeler. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "The Hummer's 40-Year Journey From Military Hero to Electrified Future Truck," 25 Oct. 2020 At low speeds the Circuit Pack's stiffened springs did prove adept at magnifying surface imperfections, but as both velocity and loads rise the chassis is more pliant, handling even big bumps and camber changes without complaint. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Toyota Yaris GR Puts the Hot Back in Hot Hatch," 3 Dec. 2020 Starting from a cold startup with the MBA's chassis at ambient temperature gave a result of 4 minutes, 21 seconds. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Apple’s M1 MacBook Air has that Apple Silicon magic," 28 Nov. 2020 The company had announced a new 10-inch Echo Show in September aimed at video chat with a rotating chassis to follow different speakers. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Smart speakers: Is it Alexa, Google or Apple for you? Here's what you need to know to decide," 24 Nov. 2020 Telling metrics like scoring margin (18.6), turnover margin (6.0, tied for 24th in the country) and scoring defense (57 points, T24th) reveal the sturdiness of the chassis. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Could Aztecs basketball run the regular-season table?," 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of chassis

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chassis

French châssis, from Middle French chaciz, from chasse — see chase entry 5

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The first known use of chassis was circa 1864

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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Chassis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chassis

: a frame upon which the main parts of an automobile are built


chas·​sis | \ ˈcha-sē How to pronounce chassis (audio) , ˈsha- \
plural chassis\ -​sēz \

Kids Definition of chassis

: the supporting frame of a structure (as an automobile or television)

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