American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A streetcar.
- n. A device that collects electric current from an underground conductor, an overhead wire, or a third rail and transmits it to the motor of an electric vehicle.
- n. A small truck or car operating on a track and used in a mine, quarry, or factory for conveying materials.
- n. A wheeled carriage, cage, or basket that is suspended from and travels on an overhead track.
- n. Chiefly British A cart.
- v. To convey (passengers) or travel by trolley.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Hence, a street-railway car propelled electrically by current taken by a trolley from a conductor.
- n. A hand-car used on the rails by workmen on a railroad.
- To convey by a trolley, as by a truck or car running upon a rail and driven mechanically or electrically.
- To ride in an electrically-propelled car using the trolley system to transmit current to the motors.
- n. A narrow cart used by coster-mongers, and pushed by hand or drawn by a donkey. Also troll.
- n. A small truck or car for running on tracks in a rolling-mill or furnace. It is used to move heavy materials, and can be used as a tip-car.
- n. In Eng. lace-making, lace the pattern of which is outlined with a thicker thread, or a flat narrow border made up of several such threads. The ground is usually a double ground, showing hexagonal and triangular meshes.
- n. A metallic roller or pulley arranged to travel over, upon, and in contact with an electric conductor suspended overhead, and connected with a flexible conductor or a trolley-pole for conveying the current into the motor circuit on an electric car, as in many electric street-railways.
- n. New Zealand, UK A cart or shopping cart.
- n. UK A hand truck.
- n. UK A soapbox car.
- n. UK A gurney.
- n. A single-pole device for collecting electrical current from an overhead electical line usually for a streetcar.
- n. US A streetcar or a system of streetcars.
- n. US, colloquial A light rail system or a train on such a system.
- v. To bring to by trolley.
- v. To use a trolley vehicle to go from one place to another.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. engraving, engraving, engraving A form of truck which can be tilted, for carrying railroad materials, or the like.
- n. engraving A narrow cart that is pushed by hand or drawn by an animal.
- n. (Mach.) A truck from which the load is suspended in some kinds of cranes.
- n. (Electric Railway) A truck which travels along the fixed conductors, and forms a means of connection between them and a railway car.
- n. a wheeled vehicle that runs on rails and is propelled by electricity
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- Probably from troll1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The ads were designed by the New York ad agency DeVito/Verdi, which vetoed one idea as too crass: This trolley is a lot like your mother.”
“Secondly, because the trolley is a rail-guided vehicle -- it doesn't steer, therefore it doesn't swerve, and, more to the point, it doesn't wander across several lanes of traffic to argue with another vehicle.”
“Second, if a trolley is again headed for those five people (with no alternate track), should you push a fat man in the way of the trolley, killing him, but derailing the car and again saving the five?”
“Whether locals want to go to work, to the shop, out hunting, to visit relatives in the next village or simply go for a ride, the trolley is the easiest and often only means of transport ...”
“The first and most obvious contribution of Foot's trolley is that it raises new questions and suggests that we do not have an adequate theory of moral judgements.”
“In fact, the trolley is not a forgone conclusion, but it is in the eyes of the Planners.”
“First, if a trolley is heading down a track on a path to kill five people, should you flip a switch that will place it on an alternate track, where it will kill only one?”
“I said "I think those are for the staff only" because indeed, the things we call trolley's in Canada ARE for staff only for hauling out large retail items like TVs and furniture.”
“The trolley is very successful at moving people between Downtown, the University and surrounding neighborhoods.”
“He is one of the new litter of boys tossed up by this brick-and-hoagie town ten miles by trolley from a city of one million.”
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