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 The main changes are in the design of the chassis, including the addition of Smart Keyboard support. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "The 2019 iPad races to the bottom (price-wise), but it’s not so bad down there," 23 Oct. 2019 The ride quality is comfortable but not soft and is well-supported with a rigid chassis, for vibration-free driving. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2020 Hyundai Palisade: move-in ready at $50,000," 19 Oct. 2019 In other words, different auto models would share the same chassis, wheel-well design and hardware. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Ferdinand Piëch, auto exec who made VW the biggest carmarker in Europe, dies at 82," 27 Aug. 2019 The original buggy is a high-riding off-roader that weighs around 1,500 pounds, built on the cheap using the chassis, engines, and other components from the Beetle. Eric Adams, WIRED, "VW Revives the Classic Dune Buggy as an All-Electric Blast," 17 Aug. 2019 Built on a Freightliner S2RV chassis, the Seneca is what’s known as a Super C—front-engine, but definitely not a van. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Going to a College Reunion? Might I Suggest a Big-Ass RV," 6 July 2019 Fortune’s brief hands-on of the new Razr revealed a sturdy stainless steel chassis, a crisp display, and snappy performance, although the speakers at the bottom sounded below average for a smartphone at that price. Fortune, "6 Foldable Phones That Show How the Future of Phone Design Is Unfolding," 15 Nov. 2019 The SUVs are expected to be based on a pickup-type body-on-frame chassis, like the Escalade and Navigator. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "New Jeep SUVs, including a military Gladiator, come at crucial time for FCA," 10 Nov. 2019 Just weeks before the crash, the limo had failed a state inspection that examined such things as the chassis, suspension and brakes. NBC News, "NTSB seeks new seat belt requirements for limos after fatal New York crash," 2 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of chassis was circa 1864

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chassis.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce chassis (audio) How to pronounce chassis (audio)

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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