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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.
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Origin of running gear

An Americanism dating back to 1655–65
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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