- trolley car.
- a pulley or truck traveling on an overhead track and serving to support and move a suspended object.
- a grooved metallic wheel or pulley carried on the end of a pole (trolley pole) by an electric car or locomotive, and held in contact with an overhead conductor, usually a suspended wire (trolley wire), from which it collects the current for the propulsion of the car or locomotive.
- any of various devices for collecting current for such a purpose, as a pantograph, or a bowlike structure (bow trolley) sliding along an overhead wire, or a device (underground trolley) for taking current from the underground wire or conductor used by some electric railways.
- a small truck or car operated on a track, as in a mine or factory.
- a serving cart, as one used to serve desserts.
- Chiefly British. any of various low carts or vehicles, as a railway handcar or costermonger's cart.
- to convey or go by trolley.
- off one's trolley, Slang.
- in a confused mental state.
- insane: He's been off his trolley for years, but his family refuses to have him committed.
Origin of trolley
Examples from the Web for trolley
Four men in army uniform are seen loading massive safes onto a trolley.Photographs Expose Russian-Trained Killers in Kiev
March 30, 2014
A male suicide bomber was also believed to have detonated the Monday blast, which decimated the back half of a trolley bus.Up To Speed: 4 Things To Know About The Russia Bombings
December 30, 2013
At the very least, it seems acceptable to reroute the trolley.Would You Kill the Fat Man? And Other Conundrums
December 6, 2013
Hundreds of bees are whizzing circles around the Cotes as they stack honeycombs on the trolley.Honey Harvest at the Waldorf Astoria’s Beehives
August 3, 2013
I brought her out here for a trolley ride and a picnic luncheon.
Halfway to the trolley line, the dog turned off into a by-road.
If you can get off for an hour, won't you take the trolley to the end of Division Street?
Large deals, of which the Trolley Combine was but one, were on foot.
Not for my attitude in the Trolley matter, nor for what I published in the Planet.
- British a small table on casters used for conveying food, drink, etc
- British a wheeled cart or stand pushed by hand and used for moving heavy items, such as shopping in a supermarket or luggage at a railway station
- British (in a hospital) a bed mounted on casters and used for moving patients who are unconscious, immobilized, etc
- British See trolleybus
- US and Canadian See trolley car
- a device that collects the current from an overhead wire (trolley wire), third rail, etc, to drive the motor of an electric vehicle
- a pulley or truck that travels along an overhead wire in order to support a suspended load
- mainly British a low truck running on rails, used in factories, mines, etc, and on railways
- a truck, cage, or basket suspended from an overhead track or cable for carrying loads in a mine, quarry, etc
- off one's trolley slang
- mentally confused or disorganized
- (tr) to transport (a person or object) on a trolley
Word Origin and History for trolley
1823, in Suffolk dialect, "a cart," especially one with wheels flanged for running on a track (1858), probably from troll (v.) in the sense of "to roll." Sense transferred to "pulley to convey current to a streetcar motor" (1890), then "streetcar drawing power by a trolley" (1891).