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[tak-see] /ˈtæk si/
noun, plural taxis or taxies.
a taxicab.
verb (used without object), taxied, taxiing or taxying.
to ride or travel in a taxicab.
(of an airplane) to move over the surface of the ground or water under its own power.
verb (used with object), taxied, taxiing or taxying.
to cause (an airplane) to taxi.
Origin of taxi
1905-10, Americanism; short for taxicab
Related forms
untaxied, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for taxied
Historical Examples
  • He taxied quickly off, stopped on the floor nearby, and cut the ignition.

    The Pygmy Planet John Stewart Williamson
  • Descending to the water, Frank taxied up close to the other plane.

  • In a few seconds they were lost to sight as they taxied across the aerodrome.

  • Smith taxied across the airdrome and the plane was soon in the air.

    Bill Bruce on Forest Patrol

    Henry Harley Arnold
  • But then the Sky Wagon was down, and he taxied toward the control station.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • Then he taxied the remaining two blocks to the Mahoney-Plaza.

    Forsyte's Retreat Winston Marks
  • He taxied to where the girls and the Millers were waiting, and killed the engine.

    The Blue Ghost Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He lunched with her at her club in Dover Street, and then they taxied to the Kingsway.

    The Sorcery Club

    Elliott O'Donnell
  • Fifteen minutes later the plane landed and taxied across a weedy field to a lonely road that wound across the prairie.

  • As soon as they taxied into the line and mechanics took over, a sergeant of the Military Police came hurrying over to them.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for taxied


noun (pl) taxis, taxies
Also called cab, taxicab. a car, usually fitted with a taximeter, that may be hired, along with its driver, to carry passengers to any specified destination
verb taxies, taxiing, taxying, taxied
to cause (an aircraft) to move along the ground under its own power, esp before takeoff and after landing, or (of an aircraft) to move along the ground in this way
(intransitive) to travel in a taxi
Word Origin
C20: shortened from taximeter cab
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for taxied



1911, from earlier slang use of taxi (n.) for "aircraft." Related: Taxied; taxiing.



1907, shortening of taximeter cab (introduced in London in March 1907), from taximeter "automatic meter to record the distance and fare" (1898), from French taximètre, from German Taxameter (1890), coined from Medieval Latin taxa "tax, charge." An earlier English form was taxameter (1894), used in horse-drawn cabs. Taxi dancer "woman whose services may be hired at a dance hall" is recorded from 1930. Taxi squad in U.S. football is 1966, from a former Cleveland Browns owner who gave his reserves jobs with his taxicab company to keep them paid and available ["Dictionary of American Slang"], but other explanations (short-term hire or shuttling back and forth from the main team) seem possible.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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