[ dol-ee ]
/ ˈdɒl i /
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noun, plural dol·lies.

verb (used with object), dol·lied, dol·ly·ing.

to transport or convey (a camera) by means of a dolly.

verb (used without object), dol·lied, dol·ly·ing.

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.



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Origin of dolly

1600–10; 1900–05 for def. 9; doll + -y2

Definition for dolly (2 of 2)


or Dol·lie

[ dol-ee ]
/ ˈdɒl i /


a female given name, form of Doll.
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British Dictionary definitions for dolly

/ (ˈdɒlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

verb -lies, -lying or -lied

films television to wheel (a camera) backwards or forwards on a dolly
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Cultural definitions for dolly


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.)

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