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

Examples of underbody in a Sentence

the underbody of the car was starting to rust
Recent Examples on the Web Tesla has reportedly abandoned its plans to make the entire underbody of its cars in one piece. David Meyer, Fortune, 2 May 2024 New carbon fiber fenders provide the clearance for those wheels to move up and down, and the underbody has gained some protection from rocks and mud. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 18 Jan. 2024 Morgan To improve the aerodynamics, staggered vents sit in its clear side blades to help airflow from the front of the car, there's only one windscreen for the driver, the front has a more aero-friendly shape, there's a flat underbody, and more. Alex Goy, Ars Technica, 6 Dec. 2023 Generally, vehicle underbodies are built by welding pieces together and leaving a hollow subframe that structurally helps the car in the event of a crash. Umar Shakir, The Verge, 14 Sep. 2023 Today that company makes all of Tesla’s underbodies. Robert B. Tucker, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Tesla could cast an entire underbody in one piece instead of two or more Once achieved, Tesla could cast an entire underbody in one piece instead of two or more with the current process. Umar Shakir, The Verge, 14 Sep. 2023 In addition to the adjustable wing, flat underbody, and ankle-lacerating splitter, a.k.a. standard track-car kit, Maserati fitted a longitudinal spine. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 18 Aug. 2023 Instead of being highly dependent on the front wing and how that airflow moves over the top of the car, now an F1 car uses a sculpted underbody with a profile that generates downforce via ground effect. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 1 May 2023

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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 22 Jun. 2024.

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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