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cab1

[kab]
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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.
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verb (used without object), cabbed, cab·bing.
  1. to ride in a taxicab or horse-drawn cab: They cabbed to the theater.
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Origin of cab1

First recorded in 1640–50; short for cabriolet

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cab2

or kab

[kab]
noun
  1. an ancient Hebrew measure equal to about two quarts.
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Origin of cab2

First recorded in 1525–35, cab is from the Hebrew word qabh

cab3

[kab]
noun Chiefly British.
  1. cabbage2(def 1b).
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CAB

or C.A.B.

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Related Words

carriage, taxi, taxicab, hack, jitney, hackney

Examples from the Web for cab

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Historical Examples

  • He took a cab and was driven to the local branch of his favourite temple of chance.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He called a cab for the old man, and saw him started safely off up-town.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Her eyes gleamed in the shadow of the cab straight ahead, immovable.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • The cab rattled, jingled, jolted; in fact, the last was quite extraordinary.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • He glanced again at the cab and groaned: "O Lord, I just dassent!"

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance


British Dictionary definitions for cab

cab1

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

C19: shortened from cabriolet

cab2

kab

noun
  1. an ancient Hebrew measure equal to about 2.3 litres (4 pints)
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Word Origin

C16: from Hebrew qabh container, something hollowed out

CAB

abbreviation for
  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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