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dolly

noun dol·ly \ ˈdä-lē , ˈdȯ-lē \

Definition of dolly

plural dollies
1 : doll
2 : a wooden-pronged instrument for beating and stirring clothes in the process of washing them in a tub
3 : a compact narrow-gauge railroad locomotive for moving construction trains and for switching
4 a : a platform on a roller or on wheels or casters for moving heavy objects
b : a wheeled platform for a television or motion-picture camera

Examples of dolly in a Sentence

  1. We'll need a dolly to move the refrigerator.

  2. my kid sister was always playing with her dollies

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First Known Use of dolly

1790

dolly Synonyms

Synonyms
action figure, doll, poppet [Midland], puppet
Related Words
rag doll; figure, figurine; handpuppet, marionette

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dolly

verb

Definition of dolly

dollied; dollying
transitive verb
1 : to treat with a dolly
2 : to move or convey on a dolly
intransitive verb
: to move a motion-picture or television camera about on a dolly while shooting a scene; alsoof a camera : to be moved on a dolly

First Known Use of dolly

1878


DOLLY Defined for English Language Learners

dolly

noun

Definition of dolly for English Language Learners

  • : a child's toy doll

  • : a piece of equipment that has wheels and that is used for moving heavy objects


DOLLY Defined for Kids

dolly

noun \ ˈdä-lē \

Definition of dolly for Students

plural dollies
1 : doll 1
2 : a platform on a roller or on wheels for moving heavy things


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