taxi

[tak-see]
noun, plural taxis or taxies.
1.
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:
1905–10, Americanism; short for taxicab

untaxied, adjective
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taxi-

variant of taxo-: taxidermy.
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taxi (ˈtæksɪ)
 
n , pl taxis, taxies
1.  cab, Also called: taxicab a car, usually fitted with a taximeter, that may be hired, along with its driver, to carry passengers to any specified destination
 
vb , taxis, taxies, 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.  (intr) to travel in a taxi
 
[C20: shortened from taximeter cab]

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Word Origin & History

taxi
1907, shortening of taximeter cab (introduced in London in March 1907), from taximeter "automatic meter to record the distance and fare" (1898), from Fr. taximètre, from Ger. Taxameter (1890), coined from M.L. taxa "tax, charge." An earlier Eng. form was taxameter (1894), used in horse-drawn cabs.
The verb is first recorded 1911, from earlier noun use as slang for "aircraft." Taxicab is also first attested 1907. 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.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
taxi
taxicab
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taxi

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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Example sentences
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.
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