from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small wheel or roller.
  • noun The motion or noise of rolling.
  • noun A trundle bed.
  • noun A low-wheeled cart; a dolly.
  • intransitive verb To push or propel on one or more wheels or rollers.
  • intransitive verb To carry, convey, or cause to move, especially in a vehicle.
  • intransitive verb To move along by rolling or spinning.
  • intransitive verb To move slowly, noisily, or clumsily.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In cricket, to bowl.
  • noun A wheel small in diameter, but broad and massive so as to be adapted to support a heavy weight, as the wheel of a caster.
  • noun A small wheel or pinion having its teeth formed of cylinders or spindles: same as lantern-wheel.
  • noun One of the spindles of such a wheel.
  • noun A small carriage with low wheels; a truck.
  • noun A trundle-bed.
  • noun In heraldry, a quill of thread for embroiderers, usually represented as a spool or reel, and the thread as of gold.
  • To roll, as something on low wheels or casters; move or bowl along, as a round body; hence, to move with a rolling gait.
  • To revolve; twirl.
  • To roll, or cause to roll, as a circular or spherical thing or as something on casters or low wheels: as, to trundle a hoop; to trundle a wheelbarrow; hence, to cause to move off with a rolling gait or pace.
  • To cause to revolve; twirl: as, to trundle a mop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To go or move on small wheels.
  • intransitive verb To roll, or go by revolving, as a hoop.
  • transitive verb To roll (a thing) on little wheels.
  • transitive verb To cause to roll or revolve; to roll along.
  • noun A round body; a little wheel.
  • noun A lind of low-wheeled cart; a truck.
  • noun A motion as of something moving upon little wheels or rollers; a rolling motion.
  • noun A lantern wheel. See under Lantern.
  • noun One of the bars of a lantern wheel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A low bed on wheels that can be rolled underneath another bed.
  • noun A small wheel or roller.
  • noun this sense?)(Australia, slang) The process of defecating (compare a liquid trundle).
  • verb transitive To wheel or roll, especially by pushing.
  • verb transitive To (cause to) roll slowly and heavily on wheels.
  • verb intransitive Move heavily (on wheels).
  • verb transitive To move (physically).
  • verb intransitive To move, often heavily or clumsily.

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

  • noun a low bed to be slid under a higher bed
  • noun small wheel or roller
  • verb move heavily


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

[Variant of dialectal trendle, wheel, from Middle English, from Old English trendel, circle.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From a variation of trendle, trindle. More at trindle.


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