American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An automobile that carries passengers for a fare, usually calculated by a taximeter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A public ‘cab’ or carriage which carries a fare-indicator. See taximeter.
- n. a vehicle that passengers hire to take them between locations of their choice, the fare being calculated with a taximeter; a taxi or cab
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. an automobile with a professional driver which can be hired to carry passengers; -- also called a
taxi, and informally called a cabor a hack. The driver of a taxicab is referred to as a cab driver or cabbie, and sometimes as a chauffeur or hackie.
- n. a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money
- Blend of taximeter and cabriolet (Wiktionary)
- taxi(meter) + cab1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“New Yorkers, and Americans in general, are indeed given to using cab, cropped from the back end of the word taxicab, interchangeably with taxi.”
“Driving a taxicab is one of the most dangerous occupations in Canada.”
“A few years back, I got interested in taxicab tipping – and what influences how much people tip.”
“I was not sure that this surmise was not due to an over-active imagination, but I was determined to get away from the man's scrutiny, so I called a taxicab and gave the driver my address.”
“In a sort of helpless, breakfastless rage we called a taxicab and went to Tish's.”
“He found himself incapable of work, and at three o'clock, to the surprise of his clerks, who had thought his unexpected visit must mean an important conference of directors, he called a taxicab and started for Westbury.”
“Hotel, where he called a taxicab and drove to his offices.”
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“For example 87,539,319, which is known as taxicab 3, is the smallest number that can be expressed as the sum of cubes in three different ways.”
“When you call a taxicab for me in a few moments, and I leave you, with Elmer and my boxes, I shall have no place to go. ”
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