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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A child's doll.
  • n. A low mobile platform that rolls on casters, used for transporting heavy loads.
  • n. Such a platform as used by one working underneath a motor vehicle.
  • n. A hand truck.
  • n. A wheeled apparatus used to transport a movie or television camera about a set.
  • n. A small locomotive, as for use in a railroad yard or on a construction site.
  • n. A wooden implement for stirring clothes in a washtub.
  • n. A tool used to hold one end of a rivet while the opposite end is being hammered to form a head.
  • n. A small piece of wood or metal placed on the head of a pile to prevent damage to the pile while it is being driven.
  • intransitive v. To move the wheeled apparatus on which a movie or television camera is mounted toward or away from the scene of action.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A contrivance, turning on a vertical axis by a handle or winch, and giving a circular motion to the ore to be washed; a stirrer.
  • n. A tool with an indented head for shaping the head of a rivet.
  • n. In pile driving, a block interposed between the head of the pile and the ram of the driver.
  • n. A small truck with a single wide roller used for moving heavy beams, columns, etc., in bridge building.
  • n. A compact, narrow-gauge locomotive used for moving construction trains, switching, etc.
  • n. A specialized piece of film equipment resembling a little cart on which a camera is mounted.
  • n. : A child's name for a doll.
  • n. A ball hit by a batsman such that it goes gently to a fielder for a simple catch.
  • n. a doll
  • v. To hit a dolly.
  • v. To move an object using a dolly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A contrivance, turning on a vertical axis by a handle or winch, and giving a circular motion to the ore to be washed; a stirrer.
  • n. A tool with an indented head for shaping the head of a rivet.
  • n. In pile driving, a block interposed between the head of the pile and the ram of the driver.
  • n. A small truck with a single wide roller used for moving heavy beams, columns, etc., in bridge building.
  • n. A compact, narrow-gauge locomotive used for moving construction trains, switching, etc.
  • n. A child's mane for a doll.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In mining, to concentrate or dress (ore) by the use of the dolly.
  • n. Same as doll.
  • n. A doll. See doll.
  • n. In mining, the flat disk of wood which moves up and down in the keeve or dolly-tub in the process of concentrating ore by tossing and packing. See toss.
  • n. In pile-driving, an extension-piece placed on the upper end of a pile, when the head of the pile is beyond the reach of the monkey.
  • n. A tool with an indented head for shaping the head of a rivet; a snap-head.
  • n. A primitive form of apparatus for clothes-washing, consisting of a wooden disk furnished with from three to five legs with rounded ends, and a handle with a cross-piece rising from the center.
  • n. In India, a complimentary offering of fruit and flowers, sweetmeats, and the like, usually presented on trays or brass dishes.
  • n. A machine for washing pieces of cloth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small replica of a person; used as a toy
  • n. conveyance consisting of a wheeled support on which a camera can be mounted
  • n. conveyance consisting of a wheeled platform for moving heavy objects

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  • What do you wish me to know, Dolly?
    Is there something to me you would show?
    Your secret garden's a-grow, Dolly.
    At night in your sleep don't you know?

    You're a secret garden a-glow, Dolly.
    Special sunshine for me far below.
    Glistening, glimmering so, Dolly.
    Your sun-shower shared, ne'er to go.

    This missive of mine to you, Dolly.
    More shrouds than reveals, 'tis true.
    For the words are just maps for the real, Dolly.
    Whole landscapes of Truth they conceal.

    Now look for what eyes cannot see, Dolly.
    For your learning shall not set you free.
    Mistake not for the forest, a tree, Dolly.
    You must see that you see what you see.

    Yes, a secret garden so fair, Dolly.
    With its fragrance a-float in the air.
    It's where weary travelers hear, Dolly.
    Your lovely, lullaby laughter...drawing near.

    May 4, 2008