trolleybus

noun
trol·​ley·​bus | \ ˈträ-lē-ˌbəs How to pronounce trolleybus (audio) \

Definition of trolleybus

: a bus that is powered electrically by two overhead wires

Examples of trolleybus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Isolated by Ukraine’s war, Mariupol looks for a peaceful future," 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, "An uphill battle to get electric trolleybuses on Madison RapidRide route," 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, "An uphill battle to get electric trolleybuses on Madison RapidRide route," 27 Aug. 2018 Standard trolleybuses sell for over $1 million each. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "An uphill battle to get electric trolleybuses on Madison RapidRide route," 27 Aug. 2018 Height barely clears the overhead wires of train and trolleybus lines. Alexander Lew, WIRED, "Review: Double Decker Buses for San Francisco’s Hilly Streets," 28 Dec. 2007

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First Known Use of trolleybus

1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Trolleybus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trolleybus. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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