[chas-ee, -is, shas-ee]
noun, plural chassis [chas-eez, shas-] .
Automotive. the frame, wheels, and machinery of a motor vehicle, on which the body is supported.
Ordnance. the frame or railway on which a gun carriage moves backward and forward.
the main landing gear of an aircraft; that portion of the landing gear that supports an aircraft.
Radio and Television. a frame for mounting the circuit components of a radio or television set.
a construction forming the sides, top, and bottom of a cabinet, showcase, or the like.

1655–65; < French châssis frame; akin to chase2 Unabridged
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chassis (ˈʃæsɪ)
n , pl -sis
1.  the steel frame, wheels, engine, and mechanical parts of a motor vehicle, to which the body is attached
2.  electronics a mounting for the circuit components of an electrical or electronic device, such as a radio or television
3.  the landing gear of an aircraft
4.  obsolete a wooden framework for a window, screen, etc
5.  the frame on which a cannon carriage moves backwards and forwards
6.  slang the body of a person, esp a woman
[C17 (meaning: window frame): from French châssis frame, from Vulgar Latin capsicum (unattested), ultimately from Latin capsacase²]

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Word Origin & History

"base frame of an automobile," 1903, Amer.Eng.; earlier "window frame" (1664), from Fr. châssis "frame," from L. capsa "box, case" (see case (2)).
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chassis definition

  1. n.
    a woman's body. (See also classy-chassis.) : She a fine chassis! Like to see more of it.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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