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noun, plural taxes
[tak-seez] /ˈtæk siz/ (Show IPA)
arrangement or order, as in one of the physical sciences.
Biology. oriented movement of a motile organism in response to an external stimulus, as toward or away from light.
Surgery. the replacing of a displaced part, or the reducing of a hernia or the like, by manipulation without cutting.
Architecture. the adaptation to the purposes of a building of its various parts.
a plural of taxi.
noun, plural taxis or taxies.
a taxicab.
verb (used without object), taxied, taxiing or taxying.
to ride or travel in a taxicab.
(of an airplane) to move over the surface of the ground or water under its own power.
verb (used with object), taxied, taxiing or taxying.
to cause (an airplane) to taxi.
a combining form representing taxis1, in compound words:
the movement of a cell or organism in a particular direction in response to an external stimulus
(surgery) the repositioning of a displaced organ or part by manual manipulation only
noun (pl) taxis, taxies
Also called cab, taxicab. a car, usually fitted with a taximeter, that may be hired, along with its driver, to carry passengers to any specified destination
verb taxies, taxiing, taxying, taxied
to cause (an aircraft) to move along the ground under its own power, esp before takeoff and after landing, or (of an aircraft) to move along the ground in this way
(intransitive) to travel in a taxi
combining form
indicating movement towards or away from a specified stimulus: thermotaxis
order or arrangement: phyllotaxis

taxis tax·is (tāk’sĭs)
n. pl. tax·es (tāk’sēz)

The responsive movement of a free-moving organism or cell toward or away from an external stimulus, such as light.

The moving of a body part by manipulation into normal position, as after a dislocation.

-taxis suff.

Order; arrangement: stereotaxis.

Responsive movement; taxis: chemotaxis.


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