tax·​is | \ˈtak-səs \
plural taxes\ˈtak-​ˌsēz \

Definition of taxis 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : reflex translational or orientational movement by a freely motile and usually simple organism in relation to a source of stimulation (such as a light or a temperature or chemical gradient)

2 : a reflex reaction involving a taxis

plural -taxes

Definition of -taxis (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : arrangement : ordering thermotaxis

2 : physiological taxis chemotaxis

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Putting people in taxis is cheaper than using Access-A-Ride vehicles, according to MTA officials. Paul Berger, WSJ, "MTA’s Cost-Saving Paratransit Program Proves Too Popular, Runs Up Big Tab," 5 Aug. 2018 The sci-fi dream of flying taxis is getting serious. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The "Mega Skyport" Is a Fanciful Future Landing Spot for Uber’s Flying Taxis," 19 July 2018 Of course, the era when most people ditch their driver’s licenses and rely on self-driving taxis remains far off. Fortune, "Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?," 31 May 2018 Photo: Uber Uber’s plan to fill the skies above cities with swarms of electric-powered flying taxis is getting its own dedicated laboratory. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber to open Advanced Technologies Center in Paris focused on flying taxis," 24 May 2018 Saudi authorities have also lifted the world’s only ban on women driving, a decision that will go into effect June 24 and end women’s long standing complaints about having to hire costly male drivers, use taxis or rely on male relatives. Washington Post, "Saudi women in Russia to support team, reinforce new image," 14 June 2018 Additionally, Central Avenue was open only to shuttle traffic and taxis from Crittenden to Taylor on Thurby, Oaks and Derby. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Churchill Downs neighbors demand changes to Derby parking," 13 June 2018 Piccadilly Circus The real Piccadilly Circus has been part of London since 1893, with first horses and carriages, then motorcars, then those iconic black taxis and red double-decker buses circling round and round. Christine Van Blokland, USA TODAY, "Take Me Away: Harry Potter filming locations in England and Scotland," 6 June 2018 Saudi women had long complained of having to hire costly male drivers, use taxis or rely on male relatives to get to work and run errands. Washington Post, "First Saudi women receive driving licenses amid crackdown," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of taxis


1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for taxis


Greek, literally, arrangement, order, from tassein to arrange

Noun combining form

New Latin, from Greek, from taxis

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tax·​is | \ˈtak-səs \
plural taxes\-​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of taxis 

1 : the manual restoration of a displaced body part specifically : the reduction of a hernia manually

2a : reflex translational or orientational movement by a freely motile and usually simple organism in relation to a source of stimulation (as a light or a temperature or chemical gradient)

b : a reflex reaction involving a taxis

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