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[chas-ee, -is, shas-ee] /ˈtʃæs i, -ɪs, ˈʃæs i/
noun, plural chassis
[chas-eez, shas-] /ˈtʃæs iz, ˈʃæs-/ (Show IPA)
Automotive. the frame, wheels, and machinery of a motor vehicle, on which the body is supported.
Ordnance. the frame or railway on which a gun carriage moves backward and forward.
the main landing gear of an aircraft; that portion of the landing gear that supports an aircraft.
Radio and Television. a frame for mounting the circuit components of a radio or television set.
a construction forming the sides, top, and bottom of a cabinet, showcase, or the like.
Origin of chassis
1655-65; < French châssis frame; akin to chase2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for chassis
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  • Jason carefully set the parts out on the chassis before he spoke.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • Hugh gripped the side of the chassis as the secret was mentioned.

    King of Ranleigh

    F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • So long as the car body would stand on the chassis it was not repaired.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner
  • It was a large wagon with a sort of house built on the chassis.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • You have slept at the wheel and in the chassis, after hours of work.

    Our Part in the Great War Arthur Gleason
  • But the majority of what they did not dare trust to the gas-bag they carried in the chassis.

  • We started out like regular racers, just the chassis, savey?

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • On these wooden rails was the chassis of a Ford car, and we rode in state.

  • His demeanor had completely changed since he had climbed into the chassis.

British Dictionary definitions for chassis


noun (pl) -sis (-sɪz)
the steel frame, wheels, engine, and mechanical parts of a motor vehicle, to which the body is attached
(electronics) a mounting for the circuit components of an electrical or electronic device, such as a radio or television
the landing gear of an aircraft
(obsolete) a wooden framework for a window, screen, etc
the frame on which a cannon carriage moves backwards and forwards
(slang) the body of a person, esp a woman
Word Origin
C17 (meaning: window frame): from French châssis frame, from Vulgar Latin capsicum (unattested), ultimately from Latin capsacase²
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Word Origin and History for chassis

"base frame of an automobile," 1903, American English; earlier "window frame" (1660s), from French châssis "frame," Old French chassiz (13c.) "frame, framework, setting," from chasse "case, box, eye socket, snail's shell, setting (of a jewel)," from Latin capsa "box, case;" see case (n.2) + French -is, collective suffix for a number of parts taken together. Cf. sash (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chassis



The human physique, esp the body of a well-built woman; build (1920s+)

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classy chassis

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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