trolley
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

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  • trolley — [trä′lē] n. pl. trolleys [< East Anglian dial. < TROLL1] 1. a wheeled carriage, basket, etc. that runs suspended from an overhead track ☆ 2. an apparatus, as a grooved wheel at the end of a pole, for transmitting electric current from an… …   English World 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trolley — 1823, in Suffolk dialect, a cart, especially one with wheels flanged for running on a track (1858), probably from TROLL (Cf. troll) (v.) in the sense of to roll. Sense transferred to pulley to convey current to a streetcar motor (1890), then… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Trolley — (engl., spr. tróllĭ, »Rolle«), s. Elektrische Eisenbahn, S. 606 …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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  • trolley — /ˈtrɔlli, ingl. ˈtrHlɪ/ [vc. ingl., da to troll «rotolare»] s. m. inv. 1. (nei tram, nei filobus) asta di presa, presa di corrente 2. valigia a rotelle …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • trolley — is spelt ey and has the plural form trolleys …   Modern English usage

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