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[hweel-beys, weel-] /ˈʰwilˌbeɪs, ˈwil-/
noun, Automotive.
the distance from the center of the front-wheel spindle to the center of the rear-wheel axle.
Origin of wheelbase
1885-90; wheel + base1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wheelbase
  • Footprint is defined as the product of the vehicle measurements for wheelbase and average track width.
  • The truck was top-heavy due to the short wheelbase and the additional weight of the added tank and water.
  • In effect, the maximum allowable weight increases as the number of axles and the overall wheelbase increases.
  • The load shall not extend to the rear more than two-thirds of the wheelbase.
  • It is calculated as the product of the wheelbase and the average track width of the vehicle.
British Dictionary definitions for wheelbase


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