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[hweel-beys, weel-]
noun Automotive.
  1. the distance from the center of the front-wheel spindle to the center of the rear-wheel axle.
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Origin of wheelbase

First recorded in 1885–90; wheel + base1
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  • Currently, Americans vie in a similar way with the wheelbase and overall length of their cars.

    A Brief History of Element Discovery, Synthesis, and Analysis

    Glen W. Watson

British Dictionary definitions for wheelbase


  1. the distance between the front and back axles of a motor vehicle
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