- Informal. a doll.
- a low truck or cart with small wheels for moving loads too heavy to be carried by hand.
- Movies, Television. a small wheeled platform, usually having a short boom, on which a camera can be mounted for making moving shots.
- Machinery. a tool for receiving and holding the head of a rivet while the other end is being headed.
- a block placed on the head of a pile being driven to receive the shock of the blows.
- a small locomotive operating on narrow-gauge tracks, especially in quarries, construction sites, etc.
- a short, wooden pole with a hollow dishlike base for stirring clothes while laundering them.
- Slang. a tablet of Dolophine.
- Also called dolly bird. British Informal. an attractive girl or young woman.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) Slang. an affectionate or familiar term of address, as to a child or romantic partner (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., especially by a male to a female).
- to transport or convey (a camera) by means of a dolly.
- to move a camera on a dolly, especially toward or away from the subject being filmed or televised (often followed by in or out): to dolly in for a close-up.
Origin of dolly
- a female given name, form of Doll.
Examples from the Web for dolly
Next came Dolly, after a big sorrel mare; and Paul, after a freckled pinto; and so on down the line.Gay Talese on Charlie Manson’s Home on the Range
October 31, 2014
"It is hot and it is ready," says Bernice Michaud, who has been waitressing at Dolly's for over a quarter century.On the Canadian Border, It's Pancakes for Every Meal
Jane & Michael Stern
July 6, 2014
Dolly Parton, although rumored to be heterosexual, certainly has a big place in the gay world.Is Gay Singer Steve Grand Really Country Music’s Frank Ocean?
March 25, 2014
As for just what a producer does, the credit is likely the most misunderstood in the business (besides the dolly grip).Interactive: Hollywood’s 50 Greatest Producers of All Time
Brandy Zadrozny, Rachel Bronstein
March 1, 2014
With Dolly dreading a return across the Atlantic to singledom, Emily strikes upon the idea that she could stay as a temporary PA.‘Doll & Em’ Is the Female ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
February 7, 2014
Dolly, he said, was too tired after her journey to do more than send a friendly greeting to them.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
I am got above minding my brother, cousin Dolly:—he is but my brother.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
You haven't any political secrets that Dolly wants to get at, have you?A Woman Intervenes
Thank you, Boy, for not letting them squirt water on my dolly's clean dress.The Harbor
And here he exchanged a grin with Hugh, who removed his eyes from Dolly for the purpose.Barnaby Rudge
- a child's word for a doll
- films television a wheeled support on which a camera may be mounted
- a cup-shaped anvil held against the head of a rivet while the other end is being hammered
- a shaped block of lead used to hammer dents out of sheet metal
- a distance piece placed between the head of a pile and the pile-driver to form an extension to the length of the pile
- cricket a simple catch
- Also called: dolly bird slang, mainly British an attractive and fashionable girl, esp one who is considered to be unintelligent
- films television to wheel (a camera) backwards or forwards on a dolly
Word Origin and History for dolly
c.1600, Dolly, a fem. nickname (see doll); 1790 as "child's doll;" applied from 1792 to any contrivance fancied to resemble a dolly in some sense, especially "a small platform on rollers" (1901). Doesn't look like one to me, either, but that's what they say.
The first mammal successfully cloned — Dolly, a sheep — was born in 1996 in Scotland as the result of work by biologist Ian Wilmut (see clone). The procedure that produced Dolly involved removing the nucleus from an egg cell and placing the nucleus of an adult sheep's mammary cell into it. Further manipulations caused the egg to “turn on” all genes and develop like a normal zygote. (See totipotency.)