trol·​ley·​bus ˈträ-lē-ˌbəs How to pronounce trolleybus (audio)
: a bus that is powered electrically by two overhead wires

Examples of trolleybus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only a few cities that were willing to provide significant operating subsidies, including San Francisco and Boston, were able to maintain better bus networks and some trolleybuses. Fortune, 3 Mar. 2023 But repairs have been underway; for example, on February 16, electric trams and trolleybuses started running in Kyiv again. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, 24 Feb. 2023 Modern trolleybuses plying the city’s streets all carry a notice saying they were purchased with funds donated by the European Union. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Aug. 2019 Metro maintains 70 miles of dual-wire trolleybus corridor, the second-largest system of just six in North America. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, 27 Aug. 2018 New Flyer recently built a mixed-length fleet of 174 purple trolleybuses for Metro, ordered in 2015 in tandem with San Francisco Muni. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, 27 Aug. 2018 Standard trolleybuses sell for over $1 million each. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, 27 Aug. 2018 Height barely clears the overhead wires of train and trolleybus lines. Alexander Lew, WIRED, 28 Dec. 2007

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trolleybus was in 1921

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“Trolleybus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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