noun Etymology: French taximètre, modification of German Taxameter, from Medieval Latin taxa tax, charge (from taxare to tax) + German -meter Date: 1894 an instrument for use in a hired vehicle (as a taxicab) for automatically showing the fare due

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  • taximeter — n. 1. a meter in a taxi that registers the fare (based on the length of the ride). [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • taximeter — ► NOUN ▪ a device used in taxis that automatically records the distance travelled and the fare payable. ORIGIN French taximètre, from taxe tariff + mètre meter …   English terms dictionary

  • taximeter — [tak′sē mēt΄ər] n. [Fr taximètre, altered (infl. by Gr taxis: see TAXIS) < taxamètre < Ger taxameter < ML taxa, TAX + meter, METER] an automatic device in taxicabs that computes and registers the fare due …   English World dictionary

  • Taximeter — A taximeter is a mechanical or electronic device installed in taxicabs that calculates passenger fares based on a combination of distance travelled and waiting time. It is the shortened form of this word that gives the taxi its name.HistoryThe… …   Wikipedia

  • taximeter — /tak see mee teuhr/, n. a device fitted to a taxicab or other vehicle, for automatically computing and indicating the fare due. [1885 90; < F taximètre, equiv. to taxe TAX + i I + mètre METER; r. earlier taxameter < G, equiv. to Taxa ( < ML: tax …   Universalium

  • taximeter — noun a device installed in a taxicab that calculates the fare based upon distance travelled and waiting time …   Wiktionary

  • taximeter — instrument for measuring fee for hired vehicle Scientific Instruments …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • taximeter — n. device in taxicabs to register fare due …   English contemporary dictionary

  • taximeter — [ taksɪmi:tə] noun a device used in taxis that automatically records the distance travelled and the fare payable. Origin C19: from Fr. taximètre, from taxe tariff , from taxer to tax + mètre (instrument) measuring …   English new terms dictionary

  • taximeter — tax·i·me·ter …   English syllables

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