running gear



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

An Americanism dating back to 1655–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for running gear

Historical Examples of running gear

  • A thousand pieces of running-gear were to be rove and manned.

    Pike & Cutlass

    George Gibbs

  • The original color of coach and running-gear was an insoluble enigma.

    The Chouans

    Honore de Balzac

  • The galley had gone by the board, the mainsail and running-gear, the cook, every thing!

  • The running-gear of wagons and carriages, handles of pitchforks, axes, and like implements require it.

    Trees Worth Knowing

    Julia Ellen Rogers

  • The electric motors, supported by the running-gear, are geared to the rear wheels.

    Things a Boy Should Know About Electricity

    Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John