un·​der·​car·​riage | \ ˈən-dər-ˌker-ij, -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.

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With a symphony of terrible noises issuing from the undercarriage, the QX60 claws back down to the pavement, dented but drivable, pending the tire change. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "It's Not Just Human Drivers—Machines Have Blind Spots, Too," 21 Sep. 2018 The front end of the bus, which had 38 students and 7 adults on board, appeared to be crushed or ripped off, and it was sheared off from its undercarriage. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "New Jersey school bus crash involving dump truck leaves at least 2 dead," 17 May 2018 At a certain point, pain from the wound had faded, but my undercarriage felt like it was made of lace, unable to bear the weight straining against it from above. Frances F. Denny, Harper's BAZAAR, "What People Don’t Tell You About Childbirth: The Realities of Vaginal Tearing," 16 July 2018 The accident left the school bus on its side, torn from its undercarriage and with its front end sheared off. Paul Berger, WSJ, "N.J. Authorities Probing Possible Illegal U-Turn in Fatal Bus Crash," 18 May 2018 The bus’s front end appeared to have torn off, and its undercarriage was ripped away. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "2 Dead, 43 Injured in 'Horrific' School Bus Crash in New Jersey: The Latest," 17 May 2018 Navigating the streets of Miami Beach during King Tide season without drenching a car's undercarriage in salt water is perhaps the biggest challenge. Alex Harris, miamiherald, "Commuting in the age of sea rise. Miami Beach app could tell you how to avoid flooding," 5 June 2018 During the attempt to brake the plane, the undercarriage caught fire as the aircraft ran off the end of the runway. Mandi Albright, ajc, "AJC Archives: Atlanta arts patrons die in 1962 Paris plane crash," 5 June 2018 Pictures from the scene posted to social media show the school bus tipped on its side with its front end and undercarriage torn to pieces and scattered along the highway. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Fatal New Jersey School Bus Crash Occurred After Bus Driver Made an Illegal U-Turn: Report," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of undercarriage

circa 1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of undercarriage

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

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