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running gear

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.
Origin of running gear
1655-65, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Englishman was playing havoc with the rigging, braces, and running-gear of the Wasp.

  • The original color of coach and running-gear was an insoluble enigma.

    The Chouans Honore de Balzac
  • It was almost better than slithering along a hard road with a motor-car stripped to the running-gear.

    The Range Dwellers B. M. Bower
  • The galley had gone by the board, the mainsail and running-gear, the cook, every thing!

  • She was a fine little vessel, but very badly found in sails and running-gear.

    The Romance of the Coast James Runciman
  • The running-gear of wagons and carriages, handles of pitchforks, axes, and like implements require it.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The "pair of bobs" had been the running-gear of a small wood-sleigh built for one horse to pull around among the woods.

    Winter Fun William O. Stoddard
  • 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
  • The running-gear was neatly coiled for running, the guns secured for sea, and the watches told off.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs
  • Under his direction, the wagon-bed was taken off the running-gear, and the tarpaulin cover so adjusted as to make it water-tight.

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