cab


cab

noun

  1. a taxicab.
  2. any of various horse-drawn vehicles, as a hansom or brougham, especially one for public hire.
  3. the covered or enclosed part of a locomotive, truck, crane, etc., where the operator sits.
  4. the glass-enclosed area of an airport control tower in which the controllers are stationed.

verb (used without object), cabbed, cab·bing.

  1. to ride in a taxicab or horse-drawn cab: They cabbed to the theater.

noun

  1. an ancient Hebrew measure equal to about two quarts.

noun Chiefly British.

  1. cabbage2(def 1b).

  1. Civil Aeronautics Board.

noun

    1. a taxi
    2. (as modifier)a cab rank
  1. the enclosed compartment of a lorry, locomotive, crane, etc, from which it is driven or operated
  2. (formerly) a light horse-drawn vehicle used for public hire
  3. first cab off the rank Australian informal the first person, etc, to do or take advantage of something

noun

  1. an ancient Hebrew measure equal to about 2.3 litres (4 pints)

abbreviation for

  1. (in Britain) Citizens’ Advice Bureau
  2. (in the US) Civil Aeronautics Board
n.

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.

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