Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Biology The responsive movement of a free-moving organism or cell toward or away from an external stimulus, such as light.
  • n. Medicine The moving of a body part by manipulation into normal position, as after a dislocation, fracture, or hernia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The movement of an organism in response to a stimulus.
  • n. The manipulation of a body part into its normal position after injury.
  • n. The arrangement of the parts of a topic.
  • n. Plural form of taxi.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Manipulation applied to a hernial tumor, or to an intestinal obstruction, for the purpose of reducing it.
  • n. In technical uses, as in architecture, biology, grammar, etc., arrangement; order; ordonnance.
  • n. a reflexive movement by a motile organism by which it moves or orients itself in relation to some source of stimulation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The orientation, locomotion, or migration of a cell or of an organism in relation to an external substance or form of energy.
  • n. In surgery, an operation by which parts which have quitted their natural situation are replaced by manipulation, as in reducing hernia, etc.
  • n. In ancient architecture, that disposition which assigns to every part of a building its just dimensions. It is synonymous with ordonnance in modern architecture.
  • n. In Greek antiquity, a division of troops corresponding more or less closely to the modern battalion; also, a larger division of an army, as a regiment or a brigade.
  • n. In zoology, classification; taxonomy; taxology.
  • n. In grammar and rhetoric, arrangement; order.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the surgical procedure of manually restoring a displaced body part
  • n. a locomotor response toward or away from an external stimulus by a motile (and usually simple) organism

Etymologies

Greek, arrangement, from tassein, tag-, to arrange.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek τάξις (taxis, "arrangment, order") (Wiktionary)
See taxi (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word taxis, that is, order, had a similar meaning.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Plan on paying about 200 pesos in taxis roundtrip .... no busses out there.

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  • The lad often speeds about the city in taxis and has developed rules for Taxi Sex, which are highly practical but mostly unrepeatable here.

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  • The service has also fitted traffic monitors in taxis to help track flow more accurately.

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  • As Edwards rides in taxis around Newport and Cardiff, and tramps unhappily around the Brecon Beacons, his childhood, adolescence and years with the band unfold in flashbacks, marked by a switch to the second person and use of italics.

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  • But the only payment the Bupa policy makes towards extended stay expenses including food, phone calls and taxis is a daily hospital benefit of £15 for each full day spent in hospital which, in Harvey's case, amounted to just £120.

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  • The paradigmatic example of where transit could be as fast or faster than driving or taxis is going from a point outside the central business district to a point within the central business district, or vice-versa

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  • The most important thing about the economics of NY City taxis is that the public license has become private property and is stupendously expensive and a huge barrier to entry into the market.

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  • While she called taxis, the girls scrambled to pull pants under their miniskirts.

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  • He quite literally flung himself out of the taxi, and helped me settle my bags in the boot, and then opened the door for me (with his real hands, not with the impersonal auto-door standard in Japanese taxis).

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