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cab1

[kab] /kæb/
noun
1.
a taxicab.
2.
any of various horse-drawn vehicles, as a hansom or brougham, especially one for public hire.
3.
the covered or enclosed part of a locomotive, truck, crane, etc., where the operator sits.
4.
the glass-enclosed area of an airport control tower in which the controllers are stationed.
verb (used without object), cabbed, cabbing.
5.
to ride in a taxicab or horse-drawn cab:
They cabbed to the theater.
Origin of cab1
1640-1650
1640-50; short for cabriolet
Synonyms
1, 2. hack, hackney, jitney.

cab2

or kab

[kab] /kæb/
noun
1.
an ancient Hebrew measure equal to about two quarts.
Origin
1525-35; < Hebrew qabh

cab3

[kab] /kæb/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
cabbage2 (def 1b).
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  • That was a small miracle -- there are hardly any cabs when you need them in San Francisco.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • What has become of all the cabs which have been displaced by the taxis?

  • The cabs are all waggonettes, similar to those used in Melbourne, but drawn by two horses instead of one.

    Town Life in Australia R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
  • And, of course, like London cabs, the gondolas may be taken off them for trips.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • The cabs, enrobed in Red Crosses, awaited an unwelcome fare—a mangled pedestrian.

  • Or, just once more, a line of Oxford cabs—who does not know the Oxford cab?

    Oxford Frederick Douglas How
British Dictionary definitions for cabs

cab1

/kæb/
noun
1.
  1. a taxi
  2. (as modifier): a cab rank
2.
the enclosed compartment of a lorry, locomotive, crane, etc, from which it is driven or operated
3.
(formerly) a light horse-drawn vehicle used for public hire
4.
(Austral, informal) first cab off the rank, the first person, etc, to do or take advantage of something
Word Origin
C19: shortened from cabriolet

cab2

/kæb/
noun
1.
an ancient Hebrew measure equal to about 2.3 litres (4 pints)
Word Origin
C16: from Hebrew qabh container, something hollowed out

CAB

abbreviation
1.
(in Britain) Citizens' Advice Bureau
2.
(in the US) Civil Aeronautics Board
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Word Origin and History for cabs

cab

n.

1826, "light, horse-drawn carriage," shortening of cabriolet (1763), from French cabriolet (18c.), diminutive of cabrioler "leap, caper" (16c./17c.), from Italian capriolare "jump in the air," from capriola, properly "the leap of a kid," from Latin capreolus "wild goat, roebuck," from PIE *kap-ro- "he-goat, buck" (cf. Old Irish gabor, Welsh gafr, Old English hæfr, Old Norse hafr "he-goat"). The carriages had springy suspensions.

Extended to hansoms and other types of carriages, then extended to similar-looking parts of locomotives (1851). Applied especially to public horse carriages, then to automobiles-for-hire (1899) when these began to replace them.

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CAB

1.
Civil Aeronautics Board
2.
coronary artery bypass
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cabs in the Bible

hollow (R.V., "kab"), occurs only in 2 Kings 6:25; a dry measure, the sixth part of a seah, and the eighteenth part of an ephah, equal to about two English quarts.

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