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trolley definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a wheeled vehicle that runs on rails and is propelled by electricity [syn: streetcar, tram, tramcar, trolley, trolley car]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun also trolly (plural trolleys; also trollies) Etymology: probably from 1troll Date: 1823 1. dialect England a cart of any of various kinds 2. a. a device that carries electric current from an overhead wire to an electrically driven vehicle b. a streetcar powered electrically through a trolley called also trolley car 3. a wheeled carriage running on an overhead rail or track 4. chiefly British a cart or wheeled stand used for conveying something (as food or books) II. verb also trolly (trolleyed; also trollied; trolleying; also trollying) Date: 1882 transitive verb to convey by a trolley intransitive verb to ride on a trolley

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -eys) 1 esp. Brit. a table, stand, or basket on wheels or castors for serving food, transporting luggage or shopping, gathering purchases in a supermarket, etc. 2 esp. Brit. a low truck running on rails. 3 (in full trolley-wheel) a wheel attached to a pole etc. used for collecting current from an overhead electric wire to drive a vehicle. 4 a US = trolley-car. b Brit. = trolley bus. Phrases and idioms: trolley bus Brit. an electric bus running on the road and using a trolley-wheel. trolley-car US an electric tram using a trolley-wheel. Etymology: of dial. orig., perh. f. TROLL(2)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Trolley Trol"ley, Trolly Trol"ly, n. (a) A form of truck which can be tilted, for carrying railroad materials, or the like. [Eng.] (b) A narrow cart that is pushed by hand or drawn by an animal. [Eng.] (c) (Mach.) A truck from which the load is suspended in some kinds of cranes. (d) (Electric Railway) A truck which travels along the fixed conductors, and forms a means of connection between them and a railway car.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(trolleys) 1. A trolley is an object with wheels that you use to transport heavy things such as shopping or luggage. (BRIT; in AM, use cart) A porter relieved her of the three large cases she had been pushing on a trolley. ...supermarket trolleys. N-COUNT 2. A trolley is a small table on wheels which is used for serving drinks or food. (BRIT; in AM, use cart) N-COUNT 3. A trolley is a bed on wheels for moving patients in hospital. (BRIT; in AM, use gurney) N-COUNT 4. A trolley or trolley car is an electric vehicle for carrying people which travels on rails in the streets of a town. (AM; in BRIT, use tram) He took a northbound trolley on State Street. = streetcar N-COUNT 5. If you say that someone is off their trolley, you mean that their ideas or behaviour are very strange. (BRIT INFORMAL) = mad PHRASE: usu v-link PHR


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