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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Iowa Corn 300 qualifying results Order listed with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, and speed in mph. 1. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Will Power keeps collecting poles as drivers expect 'pretty good show' in Iowa," 7 July 2018 The Mark 13 Mod 7 rifle, originally used by Navy SEALs, is a Remington 700 long action in a lightweight, skeletonized chassis. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Marines Are Finally Getting a New Sniper Rifle," 4 Apr. 2018 The Legacy’s chassis has also been tweaked for an improved and quieter ride. Car and Driver, "2018 Subaru Legacy," 29 Mar. 2018 Also a feature of Porsches, Boxer engines are flatter, placing mass lower in the chassis to improve handling. Casey Williams,, "Subaru at 50: How AWD, a flat engine and good timing prevailed in the U.S.," 28 Feb. 2018 Winnebago Industries has announced the launch of an all-electric chassis that would emit zero emissions. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Winnebago launches an all-electric RV," 25 May 2018 Jim Harry noted that the department's two current ambulances are 2008 models with GMC chassis. John Benson,, "City Council approves $267,000 purchase of new Seven Hills Fire Department ambulance," 30 Apr. 2018 The seller says the chassis is also in pretty good shape, despite being exposed to the elements for so long. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Moss-covered 1961 Chevy Corvette on Craigslist is one-of-a-kind green machine," 21 June 2018 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

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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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