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chassis

A chassis is the frame of a car. If you warp the chassis of your mom’s car when you make a Dukes of Hazzard jump, she's going to be mad. Pronounce chassis CHASS-ee (singular) and CHASS-eez (plural).

Chassis comes from the Latin capsa, meaning box. In the 1600s, chassis referred to window frames, and starting with early automobile production, acquired its dominant meaning, i.e., the box that is the frame for the car. It also means other kinds of frame/boxes too — if you have a radio or a stereo, the outside box is called a chassis.

Definitions of chassis
  1. noun
    the skeleton of a motor vehicle consisting of a steel frame supported on springs that holds the body and motor
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    type of:
    frame, skeletal frame, skeleton, underframe
    the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape
  2. noun
    a metal mounting for the circuit components of an electronic device
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    types:
    radio chassis
    a chassis for a radio receiver
    type of:
    mounting
    framework used for support or display
  3. noun
    alternative names for the body of a human being
    synonyms: anatomy, bod, build, figure, flesh, form, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, shape, soma
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    person
    a human body (usually including the clothing)
    juvenile body
    the body of a young person
    adult body
    the body of an adult human being
    male body
    the body of a male human being
    female body
    the body of a female human being
    child's body
    the body of a human child
    adult female body, woman's body
    the body of an adult woman
    adult male body, man's body
    the body of an adult man
    type of:
    body, organic structure, physical structure
    the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)
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