Definition of Trolley

1. Noun. A wheeled vehicle that runs on rails and is propelled by electricity.

Exact synonyms: Streetcar, Tram, Tramcar, Trolley Car
Specialized synonyms: Horsecar
Generic synonyms: Self-propelled Vehicle
Group relationships: Trolley Line
Geographical relationships: Britain, Britain
Derivative terms: Tram

Definition of Trolley

1. n. A form of truck which can be tilted, for carrying railroad materials, or the like.

Definition of Trolley

1. Noun. (New Zealand British) A cart or shopping cart. ¹

2. Noun. (British) A hand truck. ¹

3. Noun. (British) A soapbox car. ¹

4. Noun. (British) A gurney. ¹

5. Noun. A single-pole device for collecting electrical current from an overhead electical line usually for a streetcar. ¹

6. Noun. (American English) A streetcar or a system of streetcars. ¹

7. Noun. (US colloquial) A light rail system or a train on such a system. ¹

8. Verb. To bring to by trolley. ¹

9. Verb. To use a trolley vehicle to go from one place to another. ¹

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Definition of Trolley

1. to convey by streetcar [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Trolley

trolley (current term)
trolley bus
trolley car
trolley cars
trolley coach
trolley dash
trolley dashes
trolley dolly
trolley line
trolley park
trolley parks
trolley pole

Literary usage of Trolley

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1. A Dictionary of Electrical Words, Terms and Phrases by Edwin James Houston (1903)
"trolley. — A rolling contact-wheel that moves over a trolley line and carries off the ... trolley Base. — A base provided for the support of a trolley pole, ..."

2. Electric Railway Handbook: A Reference Book of Practice Data, Formulas and by Albert Sutton Richey, William Charles Greenough (1915)
"It can be done by using a hook scale, or by hanging an old brake-shoe or other weight to the trolley rope. See that trolley board is securely fastened to ..."

3. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1905)
"•wire, and to extend down to the ground, heavily charged with electricity, by reason of its contact with the trolley wire, and thereby become exceedingly ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"In some cases the working-conductor, or trolley wire, is suspended at one side of the track, connexion with it being •made by a side-bearing trolley, ..."

5. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1913)
"He never gave me any Instructions about the trolley, except to change It at the end of the line. He showed me how to pull It down and put it back on the ..."

6. Proceedings by Institution of Municipal Engineers, London, Incorporated Association of Municipal and County Engineers, Association of Municipal and Sanitary Engineers and Surveyors (1901)
"METHODS OF SAFETY FOR THE OVERHEAD ELECTRIC trolley SYSTEM. BY EDWARD MANVILLE. THE rapid growth in this country of late years of tramway systems operated ..."

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