taxis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n taxis the surgical procedure of manually restoring a displaced body part
    • n taxis a locomotor response toward or away from an external stimulus by a motile (and usually simple) organism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Based on a US Justice Department study conducted between 1992 and 1996, workplace violence troubles 1.7 million Americans a year. Number of workers attacked or threatened per thousand: Police officers: 306, Private security guards: 218, Taxi drivers: 184, Prison guards: 117, Bartenders: 91, Mental health professionals: 80, Gas station attendants: 79.
    • Taxis a reflexive movement by a motile organism by which it moves or orients itself in relation to some source of stimulation; as, chemotaxis, the motion toward or away from gradients of certain chemical compounds.
    • Taxis In technical uses, as in architecture, biology, grammar, etc., arrangement; order; ordonnance.
    • Taxis (Surg) Manipulation applied to a hernial tumor, or to an intestinal obstruction, for the purpose of reducing it.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Ohio it is illegal to ride on the roof of a taxi cab
    • n taxis The orientation, locomotion, or migration of a cell or of an organism in relation to an external substance or form of energy. Positive taxis is motion toward and negative taxis motion away from an exciting agent. In loose usage ‘taxis’ is included in ‘tropism,’ but in a stricter usage ‘tropism’ is restricted to growth, and ‘taxis’ is applied to locomotion. Both tropism and taxis are exhibited by animals and by plants, but taxis is more frequently observed in animals and tropism in plants. Different forms of taxis are designated by the character of the stimulating agent: such are chemotaxis, photo-taxis, thermotaxis, electrotaxis, rheotaxis, stereotaxis, etc. Compare tropism.
    • n taxis In surgery, an operation by which parts which have quitted their natural situation are replaced by manipulation, as in reducing hernia, etc.
    • n taxis In ancient architecture, that disposition which assigns to every part of a building its just dimensions. It is synonymous with ordonnance in modern architecture.
    • n taxis In Greek antiquity, a division of troops corresponding more or less closely to the modern battalion; also, a larger division of an army, as a regiment or a brigade.
    • n taxis In zoology, classification; taxonomy; taxology.
    • n taxis In grammar and rhetoric, arrangement; order.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Streetcar conductors, taxi drivers, and business executives have the highest statistical chance of getting peptic ulcers.
    • n Taxis tak′sis (surg.) the art of putting parts in their natural place by means of pressure: orderly arrangement, classification: a brigade in an ancient Greek army
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Quotations

  • Fred A. Allen
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    “The first thing that strikes a visitor to Paris is a taxi.”
  • Ben Elton
    Ben Elton
    “No collection of people who are all waiting for the same thing are capable of holding a natural conversation. Even if the thing they are waiting for is only a taxi.”
  • Lou Erickson
    Lou Erickson
    “Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still.”
  • Alan Alda
    Alan Alda
    “ORIGINALITY is unexplored territory. You get there by carrying a canoe -- you can't take a taxi.”
  • Alan Brien
    Alan Brien
    “I have done almost every human activity inside a taxi which does not require main drainage.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. ta`xis a division or arrangement, fr. ta`ssein to arrange
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—tassein, to arrange.

Usage

In literature:

The taxis will all be taken up if we're not quick!
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
A taxi drove up and deposited the butler and the coachman at the door.
"The Herapath Property" by J. S. Fletcher
I came up in a taxi, but I didn't hold it.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
After I've driven you both to the War Office, I can fudge round for a taxi.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
He got in a taxi and gave directions.
"Polly's Business Venture" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Take him in a taxi instead.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
A shrill whistle brought a taxi from the gloom.
"The Secret House" by Edgar Wallace
In the taxi going home she crept close up against him, liking to feel the strong hold of his arms.
"To Love" by Margaret Peterson
I reached Cambridge early in the afternoon and took a taxi to the Annots' house.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
Go from Kensington to Sloane Street in a taxi!
"Bird of Paradise" by Ada Leverson
Fandor threw him a coin as the taxi started.
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre
But if I telephone to you, some day or other, suddenly, you must jump into a taxi, without losing a minute.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
My waiting taxi had evidently been paid, and dismissed.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
Far above soared the sky taxis.
"The Man Who Staked the Stars" by Charles Dye
They taxied back to the Deaves house as if they had forgotten something, and then down-town again.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
Apparently the tower operator phoned immediately, because as Rick taxied toward the dock, Zircon saw his friend waiting.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
You can get a taxi at the Pont-au-Change and take me home.
"The Moonlit Way" by Robert W. Chambers
Helen and her mother were down town shopping and Janet phoned for a taxi.
"Janet Hardy in Radio City" by Ruthe S. Wheeler
But all in vain my early rise the next morning, my careful toilet and my dash in a taxi to a florist and then to Tiffany's for a ring.
"The Haunted Pajamas" by Francis Perry Elliott
The taxi's waiting with our bags.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
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In poetry:

A new frontier!
No running next door
now to phone the sheriff
for his taxi to Bath
and the State Liquor Store!
"The Old Flame" by Robert Lowell
Taxi September along Jessore Road
Oxcart skeletons drag charcoal load
past watery fields thru rain flood ruts
Dung cakes on treetrunks, plastic-roof huts
"September On Jessore Road" by Allen Ginsberg
Polluted, bridged by girders, banked by concrete,
now it bisects a polyglot metropolis,
ticker-tape, taxi, brothel, foot-lights country,
à-la-mode always.
"River Profile" by W H Auden
Modern circles of Hell: Oswald(?) kills President.
Oswald enters taxi. Oswald stops at rooming house.
Oswald leaves taxi. Oswald kills Officer Tippitt.
Oswald sheds jacket. Oswald is captured.
"Notes On Vision" by James Douglas Morrison
It seemed quite safe till she got up and dressed.
The guarded tourist makes the guide the test.
Then I said The Garden? Laughing she said No.
Taxi for her and for me healthy rest.
It seemed the best thing to be up and go.
"Aubade" by William Empson
The taxi came. Again we plunged into the turgid stream -
And glancing back, the Abbey seemed remote as in a dream.
Sculptured in its frozen calm it stood apart, alone,
Sharing with God the hidden knowledge of the sleeping stone.
"The Sleeping Stone" by Patience Strong

In news:

Since last week's show, yours truly, Diana Linn, has travelled over 1,500 miles by airplane, taxi, shuttle bus, boat and automobile.
Liz Clarke Braves Panama City 's Taxis, Ships and Thieves.
City Council Cracks Down on Pedal-powered Taxis.
PERHAPS you trailed the Grateful Dead in a paisley-painted Microbus, or crammed the whole family, with luggage, into a Beetle taxi in Mexico.
If you need a taxi call 607-483-4206.
Taxi driver killed in dump truck crash on I-95.
Taxis line up at Union Station.
I have been juggling working, cooking, house cleaning, parenting, vacationing, taxiing kids around, and hosting guests.
Man arrested in taxi robbery freed again over victim's identification method.
Once, over a staticky radio in a bouncing taxi on a back road in Egypt, I heard what I could only guess to be a concert by one of the country's star vocalists.
Hailing a water-taxi to rap super-stardom.
It might have taken him until he was 55 to do so, but Prince Charles dipped a toe in everyday London life by taking his first trip in a taxi.
A team at the University of Pennsylvania followed participants in a taxi-driver game that tested the subjects' ability to drop off passengers quickly in an unfamiliar virtual city.
James O'Keefe speaks with the media while getting into a taxi cab after being released from the St Bernard Parish jail in Chalmette, La.
Saint etienne heart failed (in the back of a taxi).
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In science:

Additionally, many efforts are being conducted towards emissions-reduction technologies and concepts, such as electric taxi, with new operational procedures expected to provide the greatest near-term benefits .
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
These aircraft are typically those in the taxi phase.
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
Thus, the fewer aircraft taxiing on the airport surface at any time, the lower the environmental impact of the airport.
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
Note how airport throughput tends to saturate when the number of aircraft taxiing-out exceed about 15.
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
The following quantities are defined: Ls corresponds to observations of physical distances between taxiing aircraft.
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
The variables N , the number of spatial samples of the taxiway, and m, the probability of moving forward when unencumbered, are calibrated using taxi statistics derived from ASPM data.
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
The standard deviation and average of light-traffic taxi times were evaluated using the ASPM database.
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
Fig. 5 also shows the throughput as a function of the number of taxiing aircraft for the stochastic model.
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
Figure 5: LaGuardia throughput as a function of the number of taxiing aircraft, from the two ramp model and ASPM data.
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
In the Taxi task, a simple example of this arises in the Put task, which is terminated in all states where the passenger is not in the taxi.
Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning with the MAXQ Value Function Decomposition
Consider the following modification of the taxi problem.
Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning with the MAXQ Value Function Decomposition
Suppose that the taxi has a fuel tank and that each time the taxi moves one square, it costs one unit of fuel.
Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning with the MAXQ Value Function Decomposition
If the taxi runs out of fuel before delivering the passenger to his or her destination, it receives a reward of −20, and the trial ends.
Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning with the MAXQ Value Function Decomposition
Fortunately, there is a filling station where the taxi can execute a Fillup action to fill the fuel tank.
Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning with the MAXQ Value Function Decomposition
MaxRefuel is a child of MaxRoot, and it invokes Navigate(t) (with t bound to the location of the filling station) to move the taxi to the filling station.
Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning with the MAXQ Value Function Decomposition
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