un·​der·​body ˈən-dər-ˌbä-dē How to pronounce underbody (audio)
: the lower part of something: such as
: the lower part of an animal's body : underparts
: the lower parts of the body of a vehicle

Example Sentences

the underbody of the car was starting to rust
Recent Examples on the Web Its underbody structure, suspension and steering have all been reworked so that the car is more responsive and agile than ever before. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 18 Jan. 2023 The 911s have underbody protection made of tough heat-resistant synthetic fibers, too. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 3 Nov. 2022 The Celestiq's underbody consists of six mega-sized aluminum castings that are said to reduce normally necessary components by 30–40 parts apiece. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 18 Oct. 2022 The front packaging was rearranged to create an elevated underbody section, working alongside the flat under tray and rear diffuser to produce downforce. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 29 July 2022 But one of the key factors for CATL’s global expansion will be cell-to-chassis technology, where the battery, chassis, and underbody of an EV are integrated as one, completely eliminating the need for a separate battery pack in the vehicle. Mark Andrews, WIRED, 29 Aug. 2022 The latter includes an active aero element in the underbody in front of the engine that extends to increase downforce. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 28 Oct. 2021 There's a skid plate for extra underbody protection, a set of Rancho shocks from the regular truck's Z71 package, and a locking rear differential. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 2 Apr. 2022 The Everglades also comes with rock rails and steel skid plates protecting the underbody. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of underbody was in 1870

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“Underbody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underbody. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


un·​der·​body ˈən-dər-ˌbäd-ē How to pronounce underbody (audio)
: the lower part or underside of something (as an animal or car)
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