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running gear

noun
1.
the working components of a motor-driven or steam-driven vehicle other than those used to develop or transmit power, as wheels, axles or springs, as distinguished from the body.
Origin of running gear
1655-1665
An Americanism dating back to 1655-65
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  • Their teeth, I should judge, they had cut on the ends of her running gear.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • Every bit of rigging and running gear was strained to its maximum limit.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
  • A rack, equally old and dilapidated, had been set on the running gear.

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman
  • Our running gear lasts a long time, as our cruises are short.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • They are for running gear and frames; poplar for tops and bodies.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • I may as well say here that the ends of all running gear should be made fast.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • But a night like this—how many—even if the running gear were sound?

    Wide Courses

    James Brendan Connolly
  • Her standing rigging, being of wire, was merely rusted, but her running gear was something too appalling to think about.

    The Recipe for Diamonds Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
  • We recovered the running gear of the wagon later when all came upon a sandbar, but the harness had been stolen.

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