from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An instrument installed in a taxicab to measure distance traveled and waiting time and to compute and indicate the fare.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a device installed in a taxicab that calculates the fare based upon distance travelled and waiting time.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a meter in a taxi that registers the fare (based on the length of the ride).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A commercial name of an instrument for automatically recording and mechanically computing the tax or charge to be made for the use of a hired vehicle in accordance with a determined tariff for such charges.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a meter in a taxi that registers the fare (based on the length of the ride)
French taximètre, alteration of taxamètre, from German Taxameter : Medieval Latin taxa, tax (from taxāre, to tax; see tax) + -meter, meter (from Greek metron, measure; see -meter).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French taximètre, from German Taxameter, coined from Medieval Latin taxa (tax, charge), from Proto-Indo-European base *tag- (to touch, to handle). (Wiktionary)