Definition of trolley
1a : a streetcar powered electrically through a trolley —called also trolley carb : 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
Recent Examples of trolley from the Web
The free Navy Pier trolley will run from 10 a.m. until midnight Tuesday on a looping route, providing transportation between Navy Pier and various parking garages, along Grand Avenue to State Street, and the Art Institute.
Another incident that year involved an exploding fuse on an electric trolley headed for the station.
The Crisis articles include more scenes of raw horror: a person was beheaded with a butcher knife, and a 12-year-old African-American girl fainted after being pulled from a trolley bus.
Free rides are provided on replica trolley buses that travel primarily along the Frankfort Ave.
Forget Harry, Ron and Hermione — the REAL hero of the Harry Potter books and movies was the trolley witch.
A top-notch modern venue three trolley stops from the main campus in the middle of an entertainment district that includes a nearby campus expansion still seems like the best option, all other challenges considered.
Mayor Laura Hill has been a strong advocate of the trolley for several years.
Buffalo is offering a seasonal All Wright, All Day Trolley ($130) tour of the city’s top Wright masterworks, including the Martin House, fresh off a 15-year, $50 million restoration, and the Graycliff estate overlooking Lake Erie.
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Origin and Etymology of trolley
probably from 2troll
First Known Use: 1823See Words from the same year
Definition of trolley
: to convey by a trolley
: to ride on a trolley
First Known Use of trolley
TROLLEY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of trolley for Students
1 : a passenger car that runs on tracks and gets its power through electricity
2 : a wheeled cart
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