- 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 trolleys
Trash bags filled with discarded food items dangled off trolleys.The National-Security Diaper Scramble
April 25, 2013
All morning long, ferries, trolleys, trains were jammed with the race-mad throng.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
Ever do much with municipal franchises,—trolleys, lighting, that sort of thing?Torchy, Private Sec.
Our trolleys, with all the baggage, had to be transferred to another line.The Fulfilment of a Dream of Pastor Hsi's
A. Mildred Cable
Yes,” said I, “it must be easy to get anywhere now, with the trolleys so thick.Penguin Persons & Peppermints
Walter Prichard Eaton
"He's off his trolleys again, Jim," said the big fellow to the other.The Ghost Breaker
- slang men's underpants
- 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 trolleys
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).