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trolley bus

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

First recorded in 1910–15
Also called trackless trolley, trolley coach.
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  • "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


  1. 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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