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taxi

[tak-see] /ˈtæk si/
noun, plural taxis or taxies.
1.
a taxicab.
verb (used without object), taxied, taxiing or taxying.
2.
to ride or travel in a taxicab.
3.
(of an airplane) to move over the surface of the ground or water under its own power.
verb (used with object), taxied, taxiing or taxying.
4.
to cause (an airplane) to taxi.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism; short for taxicab
Related forms
untaxied, adjective

taxi-

1.
variant of taxo-:
taxidermy.
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Examples from the web for taxi
  • He worked all kinds of jobs-selling newspapers, driving a taxi, making dollhouses.
  • Or a time you grabbed a magazine off a newsstand, or raised a hand to hail a taxi.
  • They kept beating my head and preventing me from getting a taxi.
  • Eventually they'd stumbled into a taxi together, weak with laughter, their arms around each other.
  • He joins a group of volunteers-fishermen, shopkeepers, and taxi drivers-gathered around tables under the restaurant awning.
  • It's usually pretty easy to find a reasonably priced shared taxi between smaller cities.
  • People thrusting their hands through the taxi window, begging.
  • Exclusions include taxi riders and emergency vehicles, such as police cars and ambulances.
  • If you can't still find a taxi, you may be able to rent a bike.
  • taxi drivers held a one-day national strike to protest at a scheme to increase the number of licences.
British Dictionary definitions for taxi

taxi

/ˈtæksɪ/
noun (pl) taxis, taxies
1.
Also called cab, taxicab. a car, usually fitted with a taximeter, that may be hired, along with its driver, to carry passengers to any specified destination
verb taxies, taxiing, taxying, taxied
2.
to cause (an aircraft) to move along the ground under its own power, esp before takeoff and after landing, or (of an aircraft) to move along the ground in this way
3.
(intransitive) to travel in a taxi
Word Origin
C20: shortened from taximeter cab
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Word Origin and History for taxi
n.

1907, shortening of taximeter cab (introduced in London in March 1907), from taximeter "automatic meter to record the distance and fare" (1898), from French taximètre, from German Taxameter (1890), coined from Medieval Latin taxa "tax, charge." An earlier English form was taxameter (1894), used in horse-drawn cabs. Taxi dancer "woman whose services may be hired at a dance hall" is recorded from 1930. Taxi squad in U.S. football is 1966, from a former Cleveland Browns owner who gave his reserves jobs with his taxicab company to keep them paid and available ["Dictionary of American Slang"], but other explanations (short-term hire or shuttling back and forth from the main team) seem possible.

v.

1911, from earlier slang use of taxi (n.) for "aircraft." Related: Taxied; taxiing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for taxi

taxi

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for taxi

taxi

taxicab
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Encyclopedia Article for taxi

cab

chauffeur-driven automobile available for hire to carry passengers between any two points within a city or its suburbs for a fare determined by a meter or zone system or a flat rate. The taxicab is named after the taximeter, an instrument invented by Wilhelm Bruhn in 1891 that automatically recorded the distance traveled and/or the time consumed, thus enabling the fare to be accurately measured. The term cab derives from the cabriolet, a two-wheeled, one-horse carriage often let out for hire

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