taxi

noun
\ ˈtak-sē How to pronounce taxi (audio) \
plural taxis\ ˈtak-​sēz How to pronounce taxis (audio) \ also taxies

Definition of taxi

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: taxicab also : a similarly operated boat or aircraft

taxi

verb
taxied; taxiing; taxis or taxies

Definition of taxi (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a of an aircraft : to go at low speed along the surface of the ground or water
b : to operate an aircraft on the ground under its own power
2 : to ride in a taxicab taxied to the train station

transitive verb

1 : to transport by or as if by taxi
2 : to cause (an aircraft) to taxi

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Synonyms for taxi

Synonyms: Noun

cab, hack, taxicab

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Examples of taxi in a Sentence

Noun

We caught a taxi to the restaurant. We went to the restaurant by taxi.

Verb

The plane taxied slowly to the runway. The pilot taxied out to the runway. The pilot taxied the plane out to the runway.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Steps from subway, taxis, buses, and many stores and restaurants. The New York Review of Books, "Classifieds," 17 June 2019 Victims were taken to the city’s three hospitals by trucks, taxis, private cars and ambulances. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Judge delays ruling in efforts to identify unknown victims of 1944 Hartford Circus Fire," 17 June 2019 Cuberg sees the ultralight weight batteries as an essential ingredient for cutting-edge aerospace programs, including electric aircraft, flying taxis, and large military cargo drones. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "New Lithium Metal Batteries Can Power Drones for Longer (and It Could Change Everything)," 16 Apr. 2019 The hotel desk clerk summoned a taxi, and Javed was rushed to the hospital. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 But for those who dream of electrified flying taxis of the future, having a better battery than the Li-Ion is a welcome development. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "New Lithium Metal Batteries Can Power Drones for Longer (and It Could Change Everything)," 16 Apr. 2019 Flex is to package delivery what Uber is to taxis: A fleet of contractors who obtain work through a massive company but are not technically considered employees of said company. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Amazon is cutting costs with its own delivery service — but its drivers don’t receive benefits," 26 Dec. 2018 What happens to the brains of London taxi drivers is one of my favorite examples of how the brain can change. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "Can People Really Change?," 26 Mar. 2019 The attacker used a handgun and knife, and escaped from the scene in a taxi, Mr. Heitz said. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "French Police Hunt for Gunman in Strasbourg Attack," 12 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The aircraft returned to Charlotte, landed safely, and taxied to the gate. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "American Airlines flight makes emergency landing after passengers say 'flames' came out of engine," 15 Aug. 2018 Warners was appalled by the prospect of a live car chase in heavily populated San Francisco and by the scene when McQueen’s detective throws himself beneath the wheels of a taxiing Boeing 707 at San Francisco International Airport. Peter Cowie, WSJ, "High-Octane Cool," 8 Oct. 2018 Boeing and SpaceX are two companies that will eventually taxi our astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Henry Williams, WSJ, "NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Life off Earth," 3 Jan. 2019 The flight-recorder data is presented as a series of line graphs that give a clear picture of what was going on with the aircraft systems as the plane taxied on the ground, took off and flew for just 11 minutes. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Lion Air pilots struggled against Boeing’s 737 MAX flight-control system, black-box data shows," 27 Nov. 2018 This video, taken at an undisclosed location, shows the Tu-95 and Su-35S fighter jets taxiing to take off on the mission. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What Russia's Wargames Propaganda Tells Us About Its Military," 13 Sep. 2018 Around 4:20 pm, Flight 645 was taxiing from Gate C30 when the aircraft’s left wing clipped the left wing of Flight 2746, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Two United Airlines planes collide on the ground at Chicago O'Hare Airport," 16 Aug. 2018 One recent day at Niamey’s airport, two French fighter jets screeched skyward from the runway as a giant American C-130 transporter plane taxied below. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "‘A Nest of Spies’: Niger’s Deserts Become Front Line of Fight Against Jihadism," 17 Sep. 2018 Padilla and an a recently hired assistant boarded the plane, taxied it to the runway, took off, and head out over the Atlantic Ocean. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "It's Troublingly Common for Ground Crew Members To Steal Planes," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of taxi

Noun

circa 1907, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1911, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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The first known use of taxi was circa 1907

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taxi

noun

English Language Learners Definition of taxi

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a car that carries passengers to a place for an amount of money that is based on the distance traveled

taxi

verb

English Language Learners Definition of taxi (Entry 2 of 2)

of an airplane : to move on wheels along the ground
: to direct an airplane as it moves on wheels along the ground

taxi

noun
\ ˈtak-sē How to pronounce taxi (audio) \
plural taxis\ -​sēz \

Kids Definition of taxi

 (Entry 1 of 2)

taxi

verb
taxied; taxiing

Kids Definition of taxi (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to run an airplane slowly along the ground under its own power
2 : to go by taxicab

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