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Troll definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TROLL, v.t. To move in a circular direction; to roll; to move volubly; to turn; to drive about.
They learn to roll the eye, and troll the tongue.
Troll about the bridal bow.
TROLL, v.i. To roll; to run about; as, to troll in a coach and six.
1. Among anglers, to fish for pikes with a rod whose line runs on a wheel or pulley.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: (Scandanavian folklore) a supernatural creature (either a dwarf or a giant) that is supposed to live in caves or in the mountains
2: a partsong in which voices follow each other; one voice starts and others join in one after another until all are singing different parts of the song at the same time; "they enjoyed singing rounds" [syn: round, troll]
3: a fisherman's lure that is used in trolling; "he used a spinner as his troll"
4: angling by drawing a baited line through the water [syn: troll, trolling] v
1: circulate, move around
2: cause to move round and round; "The child trolled her hoop"
3: sing the parts of (a round) in succession
4: angle with a hook and line drawn through the water
5: sing loudly and without inhibition
6: praise or celebrate in song; "All tongues shall troll you"
7: speak or recite rapidly or in a rolling voice

Merriam Webster's

I. verb Etymology: Middle English, probably from Anglo-French *troiller, *troller; akin to Anglo-French troil, trolle winch Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to cause to move round and round ; roll 2. a. to sing the parts of (as a round or catch) in succession b. to sing loudly c. to celebrate in song 3. a. to fish for by trolling b. to fish by trolling in <troll lakes> c. to pull through the water in trolling <troll a lure> d. to search in or at <trolls flea markets for bargains>; also prowl <troll nightclubs> intransitive verb 1. to move around ; ramble 2. a. to fish by trailing a lure or baited hook from a moving boat b. search, look <trolling for sponsors>; also prowl 3. to sing or play in a jovial manner 4. to speak rapidly troller noun II. noun Date: 1869 a lure or a line with its lure and hook used in trolling III. noun Etymology: Norwegian troll & Danish trold, from Old Norse troll giant, demon; probably akin to Middle High German trolle lout Date: 1616 a dwarf or giant in Scandinavian folklore inhabiting caves or hills

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. (in Scandinavian folklore) a fabulous being, esp. a giant or dwarf dwelling in a cave. Etymology: ON & Sw. troll, Da. trold 2. v. & n. --v. 1 intr. sing out in a carefree jovial manner. 2 tr. & intr. fish by drawing bait along in the water. 3 intr. esp. Brit. walk, stroll. --n. 1 the act of trolling for fish. 2 a line or bait used in this. Derivatives: troller n. Etymology: ME 'stroll, roll': cf. OF troller quest, MHG trollen stroll

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Troll Troll, n. [Icel. troll. Cf. Droll, Trull.] (Scand. Myth.) A supernatural being, often represented as of diminutive size, but sometimes as a giant, and fabled to inhabit caves, hills, and like places; a witch. Troll flower. (Bot.) Same as Globeflower (a) .

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Troll Troll, v. i. 1. To roll; to run about; to move around; as, to troll in a coach and six. 2. To move rapidly; to wag. --F. Beaumont. 3. To take part in trolling a song. 4. To fish with a rod whose line runs on a reel; also, to fish by drawing the hook through the water. Their young men . . . trolled along the brooks that abounded in fish. --Bancroft.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Troll Troll, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trolled; p. pr. & vb. n. Trolling.] [OE. trollen to roll, F. tr[^o]ler, Of. troller to drag about, to ramble; probably of Teutonic origin; cf. G. trollen to roll, ramble, sich trollen to be gone; or perhaps for trotler, fr. F. trotter to trot (cf. Trot.). Cf. Trawl.] 1. To move circularly or volubly; to roll; to turn. To dress and troll the tongue, and roll the eye. --Milton. 2. To send about; to circulate, as a vessel in drinking. Then doth she troll to the bowl. --Gammer Gurton's Needle. Troll the brown bowl. --Sir W. Scott. 3. To sing the parts of in succession, as of a round, a catch, and the like; also, to sing loudly or freely. Will you troll the catch ? --Shak. His sonnets charmed the attentive crowd, By wide-mouthed mortaltrolled aloud. --Hudibras. 4. To angle for with a trolling line, or with a book drawn along the surface of the water; hence, to allure. 5. To fish in; to seek to catch fish from. With patient angle trolls the finny deep. --Goldsmith.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Troll Troll, n. 1. The act of moving round; routine; repetition. --Burke. 2. A song the parts of which are sung in succession; a catch; a round. Thence the catch and troll, while ``Laughter, holding both his sides,'' sheds tears to song and ballad pathetic on the woes of married life. --Prof. Wilson. 3. A trolley. Troll plate (Mach.), a rotative disk with spiral ribs or grooves, by which several pieces, as the jaws of a chuck, can be brought together or spread radially.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(trolls, trolling, trolled) 1. In Scandinavian mythology, trolls are creatures who look like ugly people. They live in caves or on mountains and steal children. N-COUNT 2. If you troll somewhere, you go there in a casual and unhurried way. (mainly BRIT INFORMAL) I trolled along to see Michael Frayn's play, 'Noises Off'... VERB: V prep/adv 3. If you troll through papers or files, you look through them in a fairly casual way. (mainly BRIT INFORMAL) Trolling through the files revealed a photograph of me drinking coffee in the office. VERB: V through n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. [Written also Troul.] 1. Roll, turn, turn round, drive about, move circularly. 2. Send about, circulate, pass round. 3. Sing loudly. 4. Angle with a trolling line. 5. Allure, entice, lure, draw on. 6. Fish in, seek to catch fish from. II. v. n. 1. Roll. 2. Sing a catch or round. III. n. 1. Catch, round. 2. Dwarf, kobold, elf, gnome.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

To loiter or saunter about.

Moby Thesaurus

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