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Definition of "trolley" []

  • A streetcar. (noun)
  • A device that collects electric current from an underground conductor, an overhead wire, or a third rail and transmits it to the motor of an electric vehicle. (noun)
  • A small truck or car operating on a track and used in a mine, quarry, or factory for conveying materials. (noun)
  • A wheeled carriage, cage, or basket that is suspended from and travels on an overhead track. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A cart. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "trolley" in a sentence
  • "The ads were designed by the New York ad agency DeVito/Verdi, which vetoed one idea as too crass: This trolley is a lot like your mother."
  • "Secondly, because the trolley is a rail-guided vehicle -- it doesn't steer, therefore it doesn't swerve, and, more to the point, it doesn't wander across several lanes of traffic to argue with another vehicle."
  • "Second, if a trolley is again headed for those five people (with no alternate track), should you push a fat man in the way of the trolley, killing him, but derailing the car and again saving the five?"