- a taxicab.
- any of various horse-drawn vehicles, as a hansom or brougham, especially one for public hire.
- the covered or enclosed part of a locomotive, truck, crane, etc., where the operator sits.
- the glass-enclosed area of an airport control tower in which the controllers are stationed.
- to ride in a taxicab or horse-drawn cab: They cabbed to the theater.
Origin of cab1
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- an ancient Hebrew measure equal to about two quarts.
Origin of cab2
Examples from the Web for cab
In a bizarre twist to proceedings, Miss Manners sought to have her £30 cab fare from her Kensington flat to court refunded.How A British Aristocrat Used Big Game Hunter’s Sperm To Get Pregnant Without His Permission
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At a quarter past midnight, all her friends gathered at me and then they went off to party and I went home in a cab.Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’
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(A more upscale version, the cabriolet, or “cab,” was later imported from France).Great Cities are Born Filthy
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Parisian cab licenses can also be bought and sold for a small fortune.As Europe Now Sees, Resisting Uber Is Futile
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I took a cab to a stadium outside the city, bought a ticket, and sat in the concrete bleachers.Why Americans Should Love the World Cup
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He took a cab and was driven to the local branch of his favourite temple of chance.
He called a cab for the old man, and saw him started safely off up-town.
Her eyes gleamed in the shadow of the cab straight ahead, immovable.
The cab rattled, jingled, jolted; in fact, the last was quite extraordinary.
He glanced again at the cab and groaned: "O Lord, I just dassent!"The Black Bag
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- a taxi
- (as modifier)a cab rank
- the enclosed compartment of a lorry, locomotive, crane, etc, from which it is driven or operated
- (formerly) a light horse-drawn vehicle used for public hire
- first cab off the rank Australian informal the first person, etc, to do or take advantage of something
- an ancient Hebrew measure equal to about 2.3 litres (4 pints)
- (in Britain) Citizens' Advice Bureau
- (in the US) Civil Aeronautics Board
Word Origin and History for cab
1826, "light, horse-drawn carriage," shortening of cabriolet (1763), from French cabriolet (18c.), diminutive of cabrioler "leap, caper" (16c./17c.), from Italian capriolare "jump in the air," from capriola, properly "the leap of a kid," from Latin capreolus "wild goat, roebuck," from PIE *kap-ro- "he-goat, buck" (cf. Old Irish gabor, Welsh gafr, Old English hæfr, Old Norse hafr "he-goat"). The carriages had springy suspensions.
Extended to hansoms and other types of carriages, then extended to similar-looking parts of locomotives (1851). Applied especially to public horse carriages, then to automobiles-for-hire (1899) when these began to replace them.