trolley bus

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noun

a passenger bus operating on tires and having an electric motor that draws power from overhead wires.

Origin of trolley bus

First recorded in 1910–15
Also called trackless trolley, trolley coach.
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Historical Examples of trolleybus

  • "I shouldn't be surprised if they were even falsus in trolleybus," I put in, with a feeble attempt at humor.

    Peeps at People

    John Kendrick Bangs


British Dictionary definitions for trolleybus

trolleybus

noun

an electrically driven public-transport vehicle that does not run on rails but takes its power from an overhead wire through a trolley
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