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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 taxiing
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  • While taxiing, you must hold the stick well back of neutral.

  • They were taxiing across the little harbor of Lerwick, Shetland Islands, when a messenger from the bank waved a yellow paper.

  • One thing I forgot to say--you must always hold a straight course while taxiing before the take off.

  • She experienced no trouble in landing and in taxiing her plane up to a spot near the house.

    Gypsy Flight Roy J. Snell
  • A student pilot, taxiing his plane across the field for his first solo flight, was coming straight toward him.

    Famous Flyers David Goodger (
  • The amphibian was taxiing slowly through the water, its nose pointed directly toward the beach.

    The Missing Formula Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
  • Meanwhile I might inquire where was Mrs. Spencer's shadow while she was taxiing up the avenue?

  • In a short time he was back on the water again, taxiing to the Spindrift beach.

  • As the second bus was taxiing over the grass the pilot jerked it round sharply to avoid the pond.

  • Then, too, the fine dust would get into the machinery when the aviator was taxiing for a start.

    War in the Garden of Eden

    Kermit Roosevelt
British Dictionary definitions for taxiing


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
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Word Origin and History for taxiing



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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