- arrangement or order, as in one of the physical sciences.
- Biology. oriented movement of a motile organism in response to an external stimulus, as toward or away from light.
- Surgery. the replacing of a displaced part, or the reducing of a hernia or the like, by manipulation without cutting.
- Architecture. the adaptation to the purposes of a building of its various parts.
Origin of taxis1
- a plural of taxi.
- a taxicab.
- to ride or travel in a taxicab.
- (of an airplane) to move over the surface of the ground or water under its own power.
- to cause (an airplane) to taxi.
Origin of taxi
- a combining form representing taxis1 in compound words: heterotaxis.
Examples from the Web for taxis
Services like Airbnb, Yelp, and yes, Uber are disrupting long-established industries, from taxis to hotels.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB?
Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman
December 30, 2014
There were taxis, called “hackneys,” which were rickety stagecoaches cast off by the rich and repurposed as transport for hire.Great Cities are Born Filthy
July 13, 2014
Of course, harassment happens in taxis just as it does in ridesharing vehicles.Uber’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Surge Pricing. What If It’s Sexual Harassment by Drivers?
March 28, 2014
Two Ukrainian journalists were recently yanked out of taxis and beaten savagely, one shot in the chest and killed.Ukraine Is On the Verge Of War And Putin Is To Blame
February 20, 2014
Promises every avenue in Manhattan will have a dedicated lane for trucks, taxis, and private automobiles between new bike paths.Up to a Point: 2013 in Review and Predictions for 2014
P. J. O’Rourke
January 1, 2014
There was a cab rank some fifty paces beyond, with three taxis stationed there.The Yellow Claw
And as all the taxis have been taken I—I—— But you haven't room.Torchy As A Pa
Yes; she's so keen on the trap, and the amount it saves in taxis and carriers.A harum-scarum schoolgirl
What has become of all the cabs which have been displaced by the taxis?
Railway tickets, and taxis, and motor-cycles, to begin with.Number Seventeen
- the movement of a cell or organism in a particular direction in response to an external stimulus
- surgery the repositioning of a displaced organ or part by manual manipulation only
- 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
- 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
- (intr) to travel in a taxi
- indicating movement towards or away from a specified stimulusthermotaxis
- order or arrangementphyllotaxis
Word Origin and History for taxis
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.
- The responsive movement of a free-moving organism or cell toward or away from an external stimulus, such as light.
- The moving of a body part by manipulation into normal position, as after a dislocation.
- Order; arrangement:stereotaxis.
- Responsive movement; taxis:chemotaxis.