- a taxicab.
- 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.
- an ancient Hebrew measure equal to about two quarts.
noun Chiefly British.
- a taxi
- (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
- an ancient Hebrew measure equal to about 2.3 litres (4 pints)
- (in Britain) Citizens’ Advice Bureau
- (in the US) Civil Aeronautics Board
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.