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[tak-see-mee-ter] /ˈtæk siˌmi tər/
a device fitted to a taxicab or other vehicle, for automatically computing and indicating the fare due.
Origin of taximeter
1885-90; < French taximètre, equivalent to taxe tax + -i- -i- + -mètre -meter; replacing earlier taxameter < German, equivalent to Taxa (< Medieval Latin: tax, charge) + -meter -meter Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • That afternoon then he stepped out of the hôtel and engaged a fiacre—a taximeter would be of no use, Paul thought.

    High Noon Anonymous
  • He glanced at the dial of his taximeter, which had registered one franc twenty-five, and pulled the flag up.

    Jason Justus Miles Forman
  • Adieus were said, and Paul found himself again in his taximeter cab.

    High Noon Anonymous
  • The hotel clerk handed her into a taximeter cab, and gave the address to the driver.

    The Illustrious Prince E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • We purred extravagantly up the Avenue, and how horrified Aunt Lyddy would be at the taximeter!

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • As certain as your name's Joe Billings The taximeter points at fifteen shillings.

    Square Pegs Clifford Bax
  • taximeter, tak-sim′e-tėr, n. an instrument attached to cabs for indicating the fare due for the distance travelled.

  • The figure stopped to read the taximeter, shook his fist at the chauffeur, and approached me, muttering audibly.

    The Window at the White Cat Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He called a taximeter cab, and drove rapidly to Berkeley Square.

    The Moving Finger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • She stepped into the taximeter and drove away, with a farewell nod, abrupt although not altogether unkindly.

    The Moving Finger E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for taximeter


a meter fitted to a taxi to register the fare, based on the length of the journey
Word Origin
C19: from French taximètre; see tax, -meter
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