taximeter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n taximeter a meter in a taxi that registers the fare (based on the length of the ride)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n taximeter A commercial name of an instrument for automatically recording and mechanically computing the tax or charge to be made for the use of a hired vehicle in accordance with a determined tariff for such charges. A metallic case incloses a dial, behind which the actuating mechanism is connected to a wheel of the vehicle, whose revolutions it counts and records. If the payment is to be by distance traversed, the reading-dial has figures which are the multiples of the distance at the agreed or legal rate of so many monetary units per mile or per kilometer. The dial therefore reads directly the charge to be made, and no record is made of such time as the wheels are not turning. If the rate is so much per hour of use, the distance-measuring mechanism is disconnected by a lever in the case, and a clock is thrown into gear with another reading-dial, which multiplies the elapsed time by the rate per hour, and both driver and passenger can read clearly the amount due under either system. Sci. Amer., Oct. 15, 1904, p. 260.
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Usage

In literature:

The hotel clerk handed her into a taximeter cab, and gave the address to the driver.
"The Illustrious Prince" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He then hailed a taximeter from the stand opposite the Army and Navy Stores, and curtly gave the address of the Grand Babylon Hotel.
"Buried Alive: A Tale of These Days" by Arnold Bennett
Louis held up his hand and called a taximeter.
"The Lost Ambassador" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Here is a Berlin taximeter catalogue in Esperanto.
"Esperanto: Hearings before the Committee on Education" by Richard Bartholdt and A. Christen
Adieus were said, and Paul found himself again in his taximeter cab.
"High Noon" by Anonymous
He called a taximeter cab, and drove rapidly to Berkeley Square.
"The Moving Finger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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