Meaning of 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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    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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    radio chassis

    a chassis for a radio receiver
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    framework used for support or display

  3. noun

    alternative names for the body of a human being


    anatomy, bod, build, figure, flesh, form, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, shape, soma

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    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
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    body, organic structure, physical structure

    the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)

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