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cab1

[kab] /kæb/
noun
1.
a taxicab.
2.
any of various horse-drawn vehicles, as a hansom or brougham, especially one for public hire.
3.
the covered or enclosed part of a locomotive, truck, crane, etc., where the operator sits.
4.
the glass-enclosed area of an airport control tower in which the controllers are stationed.
verb (used without object), cabbed, cabbing.
5.
to ride in a taxicab or horse-drawn cab:
They cabbed to the theater.
Origin of cab1
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; short for cabriolet
Synonyms
1, 2. hack, hackney, jitney.

cab2

or kab

[kab] /kæb/
noun
1.
an ancient Hebrew measure equal to about two quarts.
Origin
First recorded in 1525-35, cab is from the Hebrew word qabh

cab3

[kab] /kæb/
noun, Chiefly British.
1.
cabbage2 (def 1b).

CAB

or C.A.B

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Examples from the Web for cab
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  • But soon she threw herself back in the cab, which rolled off.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • She hurried down the steps to the cab, turned and threw him a kiss.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • A cab drove past him, and stopped before the house which he had just left.

    The Moving Finger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • It was the only cab in sight and we packed into and outside of it, not two but eight.

    Nights Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • It shook the cab as it resumed its revolving with a sputter and a cough in the muffler.

    Whispering Wires Henry Leverage
British Dictionary definitions for cab

cab1

/kæb/
noun
1.
  1. a taxi
  2. (as modifier): a cab rank
2.
the enclosed compartment of a lorry, locomotive, crane, etc, from which it is driven or operated
3.
(formerly) a light horse-drawn vehicle used for public hire
4.
(Austral, informal) first cab off the rank, the first person, etc, to do or take advantage of something
Word Origin
C19: shortened from cabriolet

cab2

/kæb/
noun
1.
an ancient Hebrew measure equal to about 2.3 litres (4 pints)
Word Origin
C16: from Hebrew qabh container, something hollowed out

CAB

abbreviation
1.
(in Britain) Citizens' Advice Bureau
2.
(in the US) Civil Aeronautics Board
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Word Origin and History for cab
n.

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.

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