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 Loop will consist of a tunnel and a modified Tesla Model X chassis, which the company calls an autonomous electric vehicle (AEV). David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Las Vegas Is Getting a Loop from Elon Musk," 23 May 2019 Mini has tweaked the cars' chassis, and two-mode adaptive dampers will be optional in both the Countryman and Clubman. Annie White, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Mini JCW Countryman and Clubman Get More Power," 14 May 2019 The New York private-equity firm said EQT will retain a 20% minority stake in the business, which operates a network of about 235,000 chassis across more than 450 locations. Colin Kellaher, WSJ, "Apollo to Buy Majority of Direct ChassisLink From EQT Partners," 7 Mar. 2019 The upgrade includes larger air struts with greater air volume to better manage impacts and the persistent jostling of the chassis on rough terrain. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Rolls-Royce Reveals the $325,000 Cullinan, Its Rowdy, Regal SUV," 10 May 2018 The chassis is 25 percent smaller than the predecessor in overall volume, and about 20 percent lighter at 6 pounds, compared to 7.4 pounds for the prior model. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer revamps the Blade Pro 17 with 9th-gen Intel Core and Nvidia RTX in a trimmer package," 23 Apr. 2019 And the chassis is still exceptionally polished, not to mention fairly thin for a notebook this strong. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018 Thankfully, that’s not the case with the Scar II: the chassis is sturdy and doesn’t suffer from flex when force is applied to the touchpad, keyboard, or the lid. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Asus Strix Scar II review: lights, camo, action," 17 July 2018 Among the Top Fuel teams that Crampton has built and supplied a chassis for is the Capco Contractors dragster, driven by Steve Torrence. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "Richie Crampton flourishing with new racing team ahead of SpringNationals in Baytown," 19 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 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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