Definition of Chassis

1. Noun. Alternative names for the body of a human being. "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"

2. Noun. A metal mounting for the circuit components of an electronic device.
Generic synonyms: Mounting
Specialized synonyms: Radio Chassis

3. Noun. The skeleton of a motor vehicle consisting of a steel frame supported on springs that holds the body and motor.
Group relationships: Automotive Vehicle, Motor Vehicle
Generic synonyms: Frame, Skeletal Frame, Skeleton, Underframe

Definition of Chassis

1. n. A traversing base frame, or movable railway, along which the carriage of a barbette or casemate gun moves backward and forward. [See Gun carriage.]

2. n. The under part of an automobile, consisting of the frame (on which the body is mounted) with the wheels and machinery.

Definition of Chassis

1. Noun. A base frame, or movable railway, along which the carriage of a mounted gun moves backward and forward. ¹

2. Noun. The base frame of a motor vehicle. ¹

3. Noun. A frame or housing containing electrical or mechanical equipment, such as on a computer. ¹

4. Noun. (alternative spelling of chassis) ¹

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Definition of Chassis

1. the frame of a car [n CHASSIS]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Chassis

chaste tree

Literary usage of Chassis

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Modern Gasoline Automobile: Its Design, Construction, Operation and by Victor Wilfred Pagé (1917)
"HE average motor-car chassis is composed of a number of parts ict from ... The usual arrangement of the onents of typical chassis forms is outlined at Fig. ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"A typical Six-ton Petrol Wagon chassis, by Commercial Cars, Ltd., Lu ton. In a number of very successful vehicles the final drive is transmitted by means of ..."

3. Motor Truck Design and Construction by Clemens Thomas Schaefer (1919)
"The chassis or running gear as it is sometimes called, ... There are three general types of chassis when classified according to the type of power plant, ..."

4. Military Commission to Europe in 1855 and 1856: Report of Major Alfred by Alfred Mordecai, Josiah Gorgas, Julius Schön (1861)
"In the chassis of the barbette carriage, the middle transom, instead of being held by bolts passing through it, is connected with the rails by ..."

5. Manual of Heavy Artillery Service by John Caldwell Tidball (1881)
"The carriage and chassis for the front and centre pintle have the same dimensions, ... Length of chassis 19 feet 7 inches. Width of chassis 5 feet 2 inches. ..."

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