Main definitions of cab in English

: cab1cab2

cab1

noun

  • 1A taxi.

    ‘she hailed a cab’
    [as modifier] ‘cab drivers’
    • ‘A yellow taxi cab pulled up and he quickly rushed outside, throwing a final glance over his shoulder before hopping into the car.’
    • ‘While we're caught up with the mafia, so is the protagonist, who starts off as a down on his luck taxi cab driver.’
    • ‘If your travel plans do not include hotel transfers and you are traveling with a partner or a group, send someone outside to stand in line for a taxi cab while the others wait to pick up the luggage.’
    • ‘Dani paid the taxi cab driver while Bryan started to take their luggage out of the trunk.’
    • ‘We kept him there for twenty more minutes, and when he had to leave we literally followed him to the door of his taxi cab.’
    • ‘Our taxi cab was stopped by the religious police because a woman was seated in the rear seat between two men, neither her husband.’
    • ‘But who's to say he wouldn't have made it up there had a taxi cab not slammed into a lamppost in peasoup fog?’
    • ‘A taxi cab driver goes to the airport, which is in the next city 5-10 miles from his house, and he doesn't know where his costumer will tell him to go.’
    • ‘in the way back it was very discouraging to hear and join the conversation in the taxi cab with the other two men and the driver that was all about expectations for the disastrous circumstances ahead!’
    • ‘A taxi cab driver and a pedestrian were also victims of drunken-driving by the prince who is known for his forays to discos and nightclubs.’
    • ‘I didn't want to get a taxi cab, being short on money.’
    • ‘He was later picked up in a silver-coloured taxi cab which took him to Lime Street.’
    • ‘But while the couple survived with barely a scratch, the taxi cab just one car ahead of them didn't appear so lucky.’
    • ‘I can drown out local radio in the back of a taxi cab, and waiting around at airports is a positive pleasure.’
    • ‘Jeff from the plane was getting out of the taxi cab behind her.’
    • ‘Leaving the graveyard, I hailed a taxi cab to take me to the train station where I got on the train without having to pay a cent.’
    • ‘The taxi cab driver, who hails from Guana, waited in the car during my meeting and then drove me back to the hotel.’
    • ‘My last memory of my real life is that I was sitting in the back of a dingy taxi cab in Prague.’
    • ‘As the yellow taxi cab pulled away from the curb, and wound its way into the onslaught of New York traffic, Erica leaned back in the seat and pulled out her book.’
    • ‘Finally the security hailed a taxi cab and pushed us in and it drove away.’
    taxi, taxi cab, minicab, hackney cab
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    1. 1.1historical A horse-drawn vehicle for public hire.
      • ‘As late as the 1940s, there was only one bus, a few motor taxis and some horse-drawn cabs on the island.’
      • ‘A few horse-drawn cabs loomed black in the street, half-broken and loose-jointed like crippled, dozing crabs or cockroaches.’
      • ‘And there's all these Victorian horse-drawn cabs outside and all the cabbies are trying to avoid eye-contact.’
      • ‘The relaxation of licensing control on horse-drawn cabs in 1831 led to a great and necessary increase, J. A. Hansom inventing his famous cab in 1834.’
      • ‘I longed for my parents to hire a horse-drawn cab instead of a taxi but that did not happen.’
  • 2The driver's compartment in a lorry, bus, or train.

    • ‘Traditionally, an engineer in the cab of a locomotive receives hand signals and radio commands from employees on the ground.’
    • ‘The officer turned as the driver went about his business, looking for something in the glove compartments of the truck cab.’
    • ‘In all his years he has only been off twice after suffering a double strangulated hernia when he slipped out of a lorry cab and then again for a ‘repair job.’’
    • ‘Detectives are hunting a gang who dragged a sleeping lorry driver from his cab in Bury and took him on a ‘ride of terror’.’
    • ‘The spokesman said the cab became stuck and as the driver tried to free it, it fell from the crane, hit the ground beside him and fell against him, trapping him between the cab and his lorry.’
    • ‘He quickly glanced around and saw the engineer leaning out of the cab as the train slowed from its already slow speed.’
    • ‘The student jumped onto the draw-bar separating the cab of the lorry from the trailer and travelled on the vehicle as far as the Mall where he either slipped or tried to jump off.’
    • ‘Gone are the days when little children dreamed of a career in the cab of a train, plane or automobile.’
    • ‘Underground access was still available from the driver's cab of any passing train.’
    • ‘A large black lorry with a red cab was seen making its getaway with its tipper still up, leaving a trail of debris down the street.’
    • ‘While no-one was injured, the lorry's cab and the car burst into flames and three fire engines were called to the scene.’
    • ‘A railway employee alerted a nearby signalbox to stop all trains when he saw that the barrier had landed between the lorry's cab and trailer unit.’
    • ‘He travelled in a driver's cab from London to Swindon and spent two days with Great North Eastern in Newcastle and York.’
    • ‘The lorry driver escaped from his cab and was treated at Chesterfield Royal Infirmary for minor injuries, and later released.’
    • ‘Before remote controls were used, veteran engineers controlled the locomotives from inside the cab.’
    • ‘It also had a cab for driving the train backwards.’
    • ‘Then a blue van struck the front of the lorry as it was in the ditch, pushing two ladders, which were on board, into the driver's side of the lorry cab.’
    • ‘In the cab, the driver gets full seat and wheel adjustments, plus remote central locking, electric windows, CD player and so on.’
    • ‘They include more guards on trains, a ‘no radio, no train’ rule for trains with faulty communication systems and stronger drivers' cabs.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that in those days, to be in the cab of a working mainline steam engine had to be on a par with a ride in a jet fighter today.’
    • ‘She was still lying in the back of the lorry cab listening to the rain falling on the roof, the engine rumbling on below and the windscreen wipers scraping against the glass at the front.’
    compartment, driver's compartment, cabin
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Travel in a taxi.

    ‘Roger cabbed home’
    • ‘Azee cabbed it home, and DH and I went back to the apartment to lie around and moan, and not in a sexy way, either.’
    • ‘I will probably be going, though I'm unsure of whether I'll stay in the hotel or just cab it home each night.’
    • ‘If you're coming from the city, you might want to cab it.’
    • ‘Plus once you're at the Guvernment, there is not much else around there so you have to cab it back downtown.’
    • ‘Finally she cabs it over with her ex-boyfriend whom she hasn't spoken to in five months; he holds her hand the whole way.’
    • ‘Trashed, I cabbed it home and fell asleep in my clothes.’
    • ‘I have at least ten awful driver mistakes done in blatant fashion in front of me every day I cab.’
    • ‘I might cab it back to the city and see what's going down there.’
    • ‘While I was still in a dilemma as to whether I should ask them verbally if they are indeed cabbing, another dilemma stepped up in the form of a tyrannical auntie.’
    • ‘We cabbed there to rendezvous with more bar staff, once again forming a platoon of hard pounders.’
    • ‘Paul says he'll leave me to it, lends me his coat as it's turning nippy, and cabs it back to the hotel.’
    • ‘Before I left Louisiana, I cabbed out to Metarie on the same side of the Mississippi as New Orleans, across from Gretna, to Metarie Cemetery.’
    • ‘Having had a perfectly lovely evening, we cab it back into town.’
    • ‘I much prefer to cab; especially at night when you're all dressed up it feels so marvellously ritzy.’
    • ‘If three people decide to cab in together, one could pay, collect vouchers from the others and be reimbursed for all three.’
    • ‘I cabbed it out to Cnoc an Óir, my bike being incapacitated at the time, and met up with Pa and Our Si.’
    • ‘We brought it back to my place, packed a little more, and heated up leftovers at 11 PM after cabbing back to his place.’
    • ‘We went to get a late dinner and cabbed it to our houses.’

Origin

Early 19th century: abbreviation of cabriolet.

Pronunciation:

cab

/kab/

Main definitions of cab in English

: cab1cab2

cab2

noun

informal
  • A cabinet containing a speaker or speakers for a guitar amplifier.

    • ‘So does anyone know if this will hurt my guitar cab?’
    • ‘Besides the speaker in the cab is a fairly high quality one, while the little 8 incher is a farty little stock speaker.’
    • ‘All guitar cab grills are secured by screws, not cheap Velcro.’

Origin

Late 20th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

cab

/kab/

Main definitions of cab in English

: cab1cab2

CAB

  • 1Citizens' Advice Bureau.

  • 2US Civil Aeronautics Board.