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

Examples of chassis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some mice go so far as to put holes in their chassis to cut weight, like the 1.72-ounce (49-gram) Cooler Master MM720, and heavier mice are getting less popular, especially for those constantly moving their mouse around, like FPS gamers. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 13 Dec. 2021 The new Grand Cherokee brings all that and more, including significant improvements to its chassis. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 15 Nov. 2021 For months now, some shipping companies have refused to accept empty containers back for lack of space, leaving truck drivers stranded with a useless box on their trailer chassis and unable to pick up a fresh container. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2021 In addition to the general posh buying experience, Falcon Northwest sets itself apart from other system integrators with its bespoke Talon chassis. Mitch Wallace, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 The process starts by restoring the original body shell, which New Legend then uproots from its chassis and transplants onto more modern bones. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 1 Oct. 2021 Its chassis is built from extruded box sections and folded sheet metal; the body is hand-formed and reveals some delightful details, like gun-turret side and roof air intakes and polished side mirrors. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 20 Sep. 2021 SUVs and other larger vehicles are even more popular targets: The pollution control equipment is worth more, and their chassis is so high that a thief can just slide under it to cut away the converter, Riddick said. Don Stacom,, 13 Aug. 2021 The HP Elite Dragonfly Max with Core i7-1185G7, for instance, blew past similar competition in mainstream applications (though its thin-and-light chassis constrained it in other tests). Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 26 July 2021

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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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“Chassis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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