One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The supporting frame or substructure of something, in particular a vehicle or piece of furniture.
- ‘Its richly decorated interior is based on papier mache panels fixed to a wooden underframe in turn attached to the cast-iron skeleton.’
- ‘The frames comprise a concealed underframe to which legs in matt, shot-blasted stainless steel are attached by means of hidden screw fittings.’
- ‘These cars had steel underframes and wood and steel car bodies.’
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