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

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The 4,000-ton chassis retracts telescopically on six-foot-tall wheels to transform the space into an open plaza. Chloe Malle, Town & Country, "Is the Shed the Defining Arts Institution of a New New York City?," 14 Mar. 2019 It was built on a VW chassis for the team’s 1977 Rose Bowl appearance. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "MOHAI puts Husky helmet car on display," 30 Dec. 2018 On top of that, the larger chassis includes a 72W battery that LG claims will last 19.5 hours on a single charge. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "New 17-inch LG Gram laptop weighs 2.9 pounds, has nearly 20-hour battery life," 12 Dec. 2018 In addition to being lower and wider, the new Corolla gets significant upgrades to chassis, powertrain, entertainment, connectivity — and most of all, safety — that should ensure Corolla remains a tough competitor in the under-$25,000 segment. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Toyota Corolla five-door brings latest safety tech to the masses," 26 May 2018 Children ages 3-7 will rejoice as in Marc Rosenthal’s retro illustrations the little plow surges into action, rays of purposeful energy shooting off his red chassis. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Season’s Readings," 30 Nov. 2018 Its lightweight chassis and 174 hp four-cylinder engine is good for a 0-60 mph time in about 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph. Fox News, "The Miami Police Department just got the coolest cop car ever," 28 Sep. 2018 In other words, the ES feels over-engineered, particularly in the realm of chassis construction. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Lexus ES 300h: Spend on the Luxury, Save on Gas Money," 24 Jan. 2019 And that’s because this big Mercedes-Benz is available in cargo, passenger, and cab chassis configurations in two wheelbases and a choice of single, super single, or dual rear wheels. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The All-New 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Is Pushing Commercial Utility Into the Future," 1 Dec. 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 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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