un·​der·​car·​riage | \ ˈən-dər-ˌker-ij How to pronounce undercarriage (audio) , -ˌka-rij \

Definition of undercarriage

1 : a supporting framework or underside (as of an automobile)
2 : the landing gear of an airplane

Examples of undercarriage in a Sentence

There was a problem with the plane's undercarriage.
Recent Examples on the Web The practical special-effects crew made the real vehicle flip over, while the visual-effects team digitally created its undercarriage (rather than use a van with a real engine) and the shockwave’s impact in the grass and air. Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Also, don’t get lulled into a sense of complacency with one of these machines and forget that its undercarriage needs to be cleaned and its lightweight steel blades sharpened or replaced. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 16 Aug. 2021 The car’s undercarriage was perched atop a low wall and its back wheel was lifted off the ground. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2021 To be fair, there was some undercarriage scraping and a few scratches were added to our rig's rocker panels. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 17 June 2021 The first practical retractable undercarriage was used by the Dayton Wright R.B. 1 racer, a Pulitzer Trophy racing contestant in 1920. Walter J. Boyne And Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 23 May 2021 It’s built using the actual undercarriage of a 1950s Boston streetcar and operated by a conductor in throwback garb. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 23 May 2021 Now his pizza camper lay on its side, totaled, wiring and kitchen equipment spilling out of the undercarriage like runny burrata. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 10 May 2021 As the vehicle was being loaded onto a tow truck, the truck’s driver noticed a small nylon bag hanging from the undercarriage, police said. Derek Hawkins, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2021

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First Known Use of undercarriage

circa 1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Undercarriage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undercarriage. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of undercarriage

: the supporting structures of a car, truck, etc.

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