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undercarriage

[uhn-der-kar-ij] /ˈʌn dərˌkær ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the supporting framework underneath a vehicle, as an automobile or trailer; the structure to which the wheels, tracks, or the like are attached or fitted.
2.
the portions of an aircraft that are below the body.
Origin of undercarriage
1785-1795
First recorded in 1785-95; under- + carriage
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Examples from the Web for undercarriage
Historical Examples
  • Allan jumped for it, his fingers caught and clung to the undercarriage.

    When the Sleepers Woke Arthur Leo Zagat
  • Now, coming around the wing, I saw that there was no undercarriage.

    The Night of the Long Knives Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • The propeller is gone, and maybe the undercarriage is damaged some.

    The Flying Reporter

    Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • I busted a wing and wiped the undercarriage right off, and didn't get a scratch.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • It will then be said to be an "undercarriage bracing lift wire."

  • Here the carriage has a very small body, hung very high on large wheels, the undercarriage being abnormally long in consequence.

    Carriages & Coaches Ralph Straus
  • In these days this carriage was always built with a perch, the undercarriage resembling that of a coach, whence its name.

    Carriages & Coaches Ralph Straus
  • When pulling an aeroplane along, if possible, pull from the top of the undercarriage struts.

  • The plane lurched heavily and something ripped against the undercarriage.

  • So close was the other upon him that he imagined he could feel the wheels of the undercarriage on his own wings.

    Aces Up Covington Clarke
British Dictionary definitions for undercarriage

undercarriage

/ˈʌndəˌkærɪdʒ/
noun
1.
Also called landing gear. the assembly of wheels, shock absorbers, struts, etc, that supports an aircraft on the ground and enables it to take off and land
2.
the framework that supports the body of a vehicle, carriage, etc
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Word Origin and History for undercarriage
n.

1794, from under + carriage. Meaning "landing gear of an aircraft" is recorded from 1911.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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