Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In locomotives and railway-cars, the distance between the points of contact of the front and back wheels with the rail.
“I shall never forget that day, we had a large long wheel-base lorry and about 12 of us went searching for bodies all around Kalamata.”
“If," she continued inexorably, "a train travelling at the rate of sixty-two miles and three-quarters in an hour takes two and a half seconds to pass a lame man walking in the same direction find how many men with one arm each can board a motor-bus in Piccadilly Circus, having first extracted the square root of the wheel-base.”
“When Fuenterrabia was planned, an eleven-feet-six wheel-base was not considered.”
“Notable features are twin chain-driven propellers, rudders between the main planes, the broad wheel-base and the position of the pilot.”
“It will be seen how compact and efficient these little steam plants are when a ten-horse-power engine, boiler, water-tank, and gasoline reservoir holding enough to drive the machine one hundred miles, are stored in a carriage with a wheel-base of less than seven feet and a width of five feet, and still leave ample room for four passengers.”
“The cars were great and opulent, of impressive wheel-base, and fore-and - aft they were laden intricately with baggage: concave trunks fitting behind the tonneaus, thin trunks fastened upon the footboards, green, circular trunks adjusted to the spare tires, all deeply coated with dust.”
“Might have been all right on smooth macadam, but on this country road he had her jumpin 'around on that short wheel-base like a jackrabbit with the itch.”
“Your wheel-base will keep you on the track, and there ain't any curves worth mentionin '.”
“He liked the brown wheel and the yellow floor and the beautiful bit of blue cloth thrown over the wheel-base.”
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