chas·sis | \ ˈcha-sē , ˈsha-sē also ˈcha-səs \
plural chassis\-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

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Company engineers have beefed up the suspension and strengthened the chassis to cope with the heavier load and rougher forest roads that a logging truck will see. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Sweden's Electric Robo-Truck Is Made for Life in the Forest," 12 July 2018 Mercedes-Benz used to build its Sprinter cargo vans in Germany, then shipped the chassis separate from the rest of the vehicle to the United States. Todd C. Frankel,, "Ford's creative efforts to avoid $250 million in 'chicken tax' tariffs under scrutiny," 9 July 2018 Body panels were ultra lightweight carbon fiber, and the chassis was a tubular frame design that kept weight as low as possible. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "7:57:148—Volkswagen makes racing history with record-breaking electric race car," 29 June 2018 Significant damage to the chassis during testing, practice or qualifying and your month of May is either over or about to get a lot more expensive. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "So you want to enter the Indy 500?," 24 May 2018 Federal Mogul's products include brake parts, wipers and chassis components. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Carl Icahn's Icahn Enterprises sells auto supplier Federal Mogul to Tenneco for $5.4B," 10 Apr. 2018 When the morning bell rings at Myers Park High, 16 girls are in the auto shop at the back of campus, ready to pop some hoods and get under the chassis. Ann Doss Helms, The Christian Science Monitor, "All-girls auto shop class teaches students to be confident, self-sufficient," 19 Mar. 2018 Though chassis components are sourced from a late 1990s Mitsubishi Lancer, Coda's key selling point is a 728-cell lithium iron phosphate battery sandwiched between the axles and directly below the floorboard. Basem Wasef, Popular Mechanics, "2012 Coda Sedan Test Drive," 30 Sep. 2011 Average camera No support for Verizon or Sprint Not truly water resistant The most striking thing about the OnePlus 6 is its new design, which swaps out a full aluminum chassis for glass panels on both the front and the back. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "OnePlus 6 review: new phone, same compromises," 21 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of chassis

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


chas·sis | \ ˈcha-sē , ˈsha- \
plural chassis\-sēz \

Kids Definition of chassis

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

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