cab

1
[ kab ]
/ kæb /
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noun

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.

verb (used without object), cabbed, cab·bing.

to ride in a taxicab or horse-drawn cab: They cabbed to the theater.

Origin of cab

1
First recorded in 1640–50; short for cabriolet

Definition for cab (2 of 4)

cab

2

or kab

[ kab ]
/ kæb /

noun

an ancient Hebrew measure equal to about two quarts.

Origin of cab

2
First recorded in 1525–35, cab is from the Hebrew word qabh

Definition for cab (3 of 4)

cab

3
[ kab ]
/ kæb /

noun Chiefly British.

Definition for cab (4 of 4)

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British Dictionary definitions for cab (1 of 3)

cab

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/ (kæb) /

noun

  1. a taxi
  2. (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

Word Origin for cab

C19: shortened from cabriolet

British Dictionary definitions for cab (2 of 3)

cab

2

kab

/ (kæb) /

noun

an ancient Hebrew measure equal to about 2.3 litres (4 pints)

Word Origin for cab

C16: from Hebrew qabh container, something hollowed out

British Dictionary definitions for cab (3 of 3)

CAB


abbreviation for

(in Britain) Citizens' Advice Bureau
(in the US) Civil Aeronautics Board
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Word Origin and History for cab

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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