Definitions for trolleyˈtrɒl i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

trol•leyˈtrɒl i(n.)(pl.)-leys or -lies

or trol•ly

  1. Category: Transportation

    Ref: trolley car.

  2. a pulley or truck traveling on an overhead track and serving to support and move a suspended object.

    Category: Transportation

  3. a grooved wheel or pulley on the end of a pole, used by an electric streetcar or locomotive to draw current from an overhead conductor. any of various other devices, as a pantograph, for collecting current for propulsion.

    Category: Transportation

  4. a small truck or car operated on a track, as in a mine or factory.

    Category: Transportation

  5. a serving cart, as one used to serve desserts.

  6. Chiefly Brit. any of various low carts.

    Category: British

  7. (v.i.)to convey or go by trolley.

Idioms for trolley:

  1. off one's trolley,Slang. mentally unstable; insane.

    Category: Idiom, Status (usage)

Origin of trolley:

1815–25; orig. dial.; appar. akin to troll1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. streetcar, tram, tramcar, trolley, trolley car(noun)

    a wheeled vehicle that runs on rails and is propelled by electricity


  1. trolley(Noun)

    A cart or shopping cart.

  2. trolley(Noun)

    A hand truck.

  3. trolley(Noun)

    A soapbox car.

  4. trolley(Noun)

    A gurney.

  5. trolley(Noun)

    A single-pole device for collecting electrical current from an overhead electical line usually for a streetcar.

  6. trolley(Noun)

    A streetcar or a system of streetcars.

  7. trolley(Noun)

    A light rail system or a train on such a system.

  8. trolley(Verb)

    To bring to by trolley.

  9. trolley(Verb)

    To use a trolley vehicle to go from one place to another.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trolley(noun)

    alt. of Trolly


  1. Trolley

    Trolley is a light rail station in the Central City neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah, United States serviced by the Red Line of the Utah Transit Authority's TRAX light rail system. The Red Line provides service from the University of Utah to the Daybreak Community of South Jordan.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Trolley

    A grooved metallic pulley or set of pulleys which runs along an active wire of a circuit, a lead from which trolley goes to earth or connects with another wire, so that the trolley takes current generally for operating a street car motor placed upon the circuit leading from it; a rolling contact with an electric lead. Trolleys are principally used on electric railroads, and are now universally of the sub-wire system, being at the end of a pole which is inclined backward and forced upward by springs, so as to press the trolley against the bottom of the wire. Thus the trolley does not increase the sagging of the wire, but tends to push it up a little in its passage.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'trolley' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4330

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