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noun, plural tax·is or tax·ies.
  1. a taxicab.
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verb (used without object), tax·ied, tax·i·ing or tax·y·ing.
  1. to ride or travel in a taxicab.
  2. (of an airplane) to move over the surface of the ground or water under its own power.
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verb (used with object), tax·ied, tax·i·ing or tax·y·ing.
  1. to cause (an airplane) to taxi.
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Origin of taxi

1905–10, Americanism; short for taxicab
Related formsun·tax·ied, adjective
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Related Words for taxiing

give, move, dispatch, bring, carry, ship, find, transport, sell, cede, provide, supply, send, transmit, relocate, deliver, change, convert, shift, remove

Examples from the Web for taxiing

Historical Examples of taxiing

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

    Dorothy Dixon Wins Her Wings

    Dorothy Wayne

  • 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 (goodger@python.org)

British Dictionary definitions for taxiing


noun plural taxis or taxies
  1. 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
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verb taxies, taxiing, taxying or taxied
  1. 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
  2. (intr) to travel in a taxi
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Word Origin for taxi

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.

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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.

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