uni·​body ˈyü-nə-ˌbä-dē How to pronounce unibody (audio)
plural unibodies
: a single structural unit of an automobile consisting of a combined chassis and body
Weight was shaved by 800 pounds from the outgoing model with an aluminum unibody instead of body-on-frame construction …Robert Duffer
often used before another noun
Unibody construction was brought on by demands on automakers to produce lighter, more fuel-efficient models.Carl Larsen
compare monocoque, space frame

Examples of unibody in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the aluminum, unibody chassis has the same premium feel as other Lenovo Yoga laptops. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 23 June 2023 The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro have an almost unibody construction, where the camera bar, sides, and frame are all one big aluminum chunk. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 10 May 2023 Underpinning that unibody shell is a modern suspension and contemporary drivetrain. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 4 Jan. 2024 Plus, the unibody silicone construction is heat resistant up to 550 degrees F and safe to use on nonstick pans. Melanie Fincher, Southern Living, 17 Nov. 2023 The Traverse represents the first unibody model to get the Z71 treatment, which includes a wider track and an extra inch of ground clearance. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 18 July 2023 On a much larger scale, Tesla’s manufacturing breakthroughs are similar to how Apple switched to a unibody design for its laptops — where the full structure of the product comes from machining one aluminum slab and saves on assembly costs. Umar Shakir, The Verge, 14 Sep. 2023 The Microsoft Sculpt, a unibody split keyboard, is designed to do just that. Chris Coke, Popular Mechanics, 8 Sep. 2023 With its relatively svelte unibody and smallish overall size, the Jeep was the most car-like of the vehicles in this comparison test. Martin Padgett Jr., Car and Driver, 2 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unibody was in 1959

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“Unibody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unibody. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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