chas·​sis | \ ˈcha-sē, ˈsha-sē also ˈcha-səs\
plural chassis\ ˈcha-​sēz , 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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With no changes to the C-Max hybrid’s powertrains or chassis, its performance and driving characteristics haven’t changed, either. Car and Driver, "2018 Ford C-Max," 22 Mar. 2018 The plastic is gone in favor of a machined aluminum chassis, and the screen now has a far slimmer bezel that actually improves on the XPS 13. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Dell’s new Inspiron 7000 line brings XPS features at a lower price," 29 Aug. 2018 The new vehicle is built with a more capable, larger chassis, designed as an initial step toward building a next-generation cannon able to outgun existing Russian weapons. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Army builds new self-propelled Howitzer - cannon will hit 43.5 miles," 28 Aug. 2018 Samsung received 733 reports of washing machines that excessively vibrated or had the top come off completely from the washing machine chassis, or base frame. Cory Stieg, Good Housekeeping, "UPDATE: Samsung Top-Load Washing Machines Recalled Due to Risk of Impact Injuries," 4 Nov. 2016 Period documentation indicates that the Park Ward coachwork over the Bentley’s chassis cost Prince Abd al-Ilah of Hejaz the equivalent of $13,000 in 1958—or $112,000 with 60 years of inflation factored in. Fox News, "1958 Bentley stolen by Saddam Hussein and destroyed in Iraq War restored in USA," 3 Aug. 2018 The Chromebook Spin 13’s is a Wacom model, with its own storage slot integrated into the front edge of the laptop’s chassis. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The Acer Chromebook Spin 13 is a classy product rising above a mob of cheap clamshells," 24 May 2018 The rear structure encloses both engines and their ancillaries in a chassis made from machined aluminum, steel, and titanium. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 The chassis tuning and dynamics fell to Albert Biermann, the former director of BMW ’s M performance division, who was poached/joined the company in late 2014. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Kia Stinger GT2: The Best German Car to Come Out of South Korea," 6 Apr. 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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