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External parts of cars and other road vehicles

armor

noun

layers of hard metal that cover a military vehicle to protect it from attack

armour

the British spelling of armor

axle

noun

a metal bar that connects a pair of wheels on a car or other vehicle

body

noun

the main outer part of a car, not including the engine or wheels, or the main outer part of a plane, not including the engine, wheels, or wings

bodywork

noun

the painted metal outer part of a car or other vehicle that gives it its shape

bonnet

noun

the hood of a car

boot

noun

the trunk of a car

bull bar

noun

a frame of strong metal bars around the front of a car or truck, used for protecting it if there is an accident

bumper

noun

a long thin bar of metal or plastic attached to the front or back of a vehicle, designed to protect it if it hits anything

chassis

noun

the frame and wheels of a vehicle

exhaust

noun

an exhaust pipe

exhaust pipe

noun

a pipe that carries the gases or steam out of an engine

fender

noun

a part of a vehicle that covers or protects the area around a wheel

fin

noun

a thin flat part on the back of a vehicle that is used for decoration

gas cap

noun

the cover that fits on the hole where you put the gas in your car

gas tank

noun

the container inside a car or other vehicle that holds the gas that it uses in order to run

grille

noun

the radiator of a motor vehicle

hood

noun

a cover on a baby carriage that can be pulled up to give protection from the rain or sun

hood

noun

the part of a car that covers the engine and that can be raised. The British word is bonnet

hubcap

noun

a metal cover for the central part of a wheel on a car

license plate

noun

the group of letters and numbers on the back and sometimes the front of a car, that shows its official number and the state where it was licensed. The British word is number plate.

luggage rack

noun

a metal frame fixed on the roof of a car, used for carrying large objects, bicycles etc. the British word is roof rack

mudflap

noun

a mudguard on a vehicle

mudguard

noun

a piece of metal, plastic, or rubber over or behind a wheel of a vehicle that stops dirt from the road from hitting the vehicle

muffler

noun

a piece of equipment attached to a vehicle to make the sound of the engine quieter. The British word is silencer.

number plate

noun

a license plate

the offside

noun

the side of a vehicle that is nearer to the middle of the road

panel

noun

a piece of shaped metal that forms part of the body of a vehicle

petrol tank

noun

the gas tank of a car

P-plates

noun

in Australia, signs that a driver must fasten onto their car for one year after they get their driver’s license

rear end

noun

the back part of something, especially a vehicle

registration number

noun

the group of letters and numbers shown on the license plate of a car

registration plate

noun

a license plate

roll bar

noun

a strong metal bar that goes over the top of a vehicle without a roof and protects the people inside if the vehicle turns over

roof

noun

the top outer part of a vehicle

roof box

noun

a large hard container that fits on the roof of a car

roof rack

noun

a luggage rack on a car

running board

noun

a step outside the door of a vehicle, especially on an old car

shaft

noun

one of two long bars used for fastening a vehicle to a horse or other animal

shell

noun

the outer parts of something such as a car or airplane

sideview mirror

noun

a mirror on the side of a car

silencer

noun

a muffler on a vehicle

sill

noun

the area on the outside of a car that is directly below the door

skirt

noun

something that covers the lower part of a machine or a vehicle

spoiler

noun

a part on the back of a race car that keeps it on the ground at high speeds

spoiler

noun

a similar part put on an ordinary car designed to make it look exciting

stabilizer

noun

a part on a vehicle or machine that keeps it steady or in the correct position

sunroof

noun

a part of a roof of a car that can be opened

tag

noun

a license plate

tailboard

noun

a vehicle’s tailgate

tailgate

noun

a door at the back of a van or truck that opens downward

tailpipe

noun

the pipe at the back of a motor vehicle that takes waste gases out of the engine

towbar

noun

a metal bar on the back of a vehicle used for towing another vehicle

track

noun

a moving part of a large vehicle such as a tank on which it moves along the ground

trunk

noun

the covered space at the back of a car, used for carrying things in. The British word is boot.

wheel

noun

a round object that turns around and around to make a car, bicycle, or other vehicle move

wheelbase

noun

the distance between the front and back wheels of a vehicle

window

noun

a similar frame in a vehicle

windscreen

noun

a windshield

windscreen wiper

noun

a windshield wiper

windshield

noun

the large glass window at the front of a vehicle. The British word is windscreen.

windshield wiper

noun

a long thin piece of equipment that moves across a vehicle’s windshield in order to wipe the rain off it

wing

noun

a fender on a car

wing mirror

noun

a sideview mirror

wiper

noun

a windshield wiper

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the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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