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trolley

noun trol·ley \ ˈträ-lē \
variants: or less commonly trolly
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of trolley

plural trolleys also trollies
1 a : a streetcar powered electrically through a trolley called also trolley car
b : a device that carries electric current from an overhead wire to an electrically driven vehicle
2 : a wheeled carriage running on an overhead rail or track
3 chiefly British : a cart or wheeled stand used for conveying something (such as food or books)
4 dialectal, England : a cart of any of various kinds

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Origin and Etymology of trolley

probably from 2troll


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trolley

verb
variants: or less commonly trolly

Definition of trolley

trolleyed also trollied; trolleying also trollying
: to convey by a trolley
: to ride on a trolley

First Known Use of trolley

1882

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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TROLLEY Defined for English Language Learners

trolley

Definition of trolley for English Language Learners

  • : an electric vehicle that runs along the street on tracks

  • : a vehicle that is pulled along tracks on the ground by a moving cable or that hangs from a moving cable

  • : a metal basket on wheels used to hold groceries while you are shopping


TROLLEY Defined for Kids

trolley

noun trol·ley \ ˈträ-lē \

Definition of trolley for Students

plural trolleys
1 : a passenger car that runs on tracks and gets its power through electricity
2 : a wheeled cart

Medical Dictionary

trolley

noun trol·ley
variants: also trolly play \ˈträl-ē\

medical Definition of trolley

plural trolleys also trollies
British
: gurney


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