from The 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.


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  • 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.

    John Keay

  • "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."

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, February 7, 1917

  • When Fuenterrabia was planned, an eleven-feet-six wheel-base was not considered.

    Jonah and Co.

  • Notable features are twin chain-driven propellers, rudders between the main planes, the broad wheel-base and the position of the pilot.

    The Aeroplane Speaks

  • 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.

    Stories of Inventors The Adventures of Inventors and Engineers

  • 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.

    The Guest of Quesnay

  • 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.

    Torchy and Vee

  • Your wheel-base will keep you on the track, and there ain't any curves worth mentionin '.

    The Day's Work - Volume 1

  • He liked the brown wheel and the yellow floor and the beautiful bit of blue cloth thrown over the wheel-base.

    The Children's Book of Celebrated Pictures

  • The Inizio has a 114 inch wheel-base and a 78 inch wide footprint.


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