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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trolley a wheeled vehicle that runs on rails and is propelled by electricity
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Overhead trolley Overhead trolley
Underground trolley Underground trolley

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In New York State, it is still illegal to shoot a rabbit from a moving trolley car.
    • n Trolley (Mach) A form of truck which can be tilted, for carrying railroad materials, or the like.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trolley Hence, a street-railway car propelled electrically by current taken by a trolley from a conductor.
    • n trolley A hand-car used on the rails by workmen on a railroad.
    • trolley To convey by a trolley, as by a truck or car running upon a rail and driven mechanically or electrically.
    • trolley To ride in an electrically-propelled car using the trolley system to transmit current to the motors.
    • n trolley A narrow cart used by coster-mongers, and pushed by hand or drawn by a donkey. Also troll.
    • n trolley A small truck or car for running on tracks in a rolling-mill or furnace. It is used to move heavy materials, and can be used as a tip-car.
    • n trolley In Eng. lace-making, lace the pattern of which is outlined with a thicker thread, or a flat narrow border made up of several such threads. The ground is usually a double ground, showing hexagonal and triangular meshes.
    • n trolley A metallic roller or pulley arranged to travel over, upon, and in contact with an electric conductor suspended overhead, and connected with a flexible conductor or a trolley-pole for conveying the current into the motor circuit on an electric car, as in many electric street-railways.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Trolley a costermonger's cart: a metallic roller or pulley used in many electric street-railways in connection with an overhead electric conductor: a small truck running in a furnace, or in mines: lace whose pattern is outlined with a thicker thread or a flat border made up of several such threads
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. troller, trauler (Fr. trôler), to stroll; Old High Ger. trollen, to run.


In literature:

No trolleys, tracks, or wires are visible, you notice.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
So instead of going to the station in the hearse, I went with Mam'selle in the trolley car.
"Just Patty" by Jean Webster
We can go on the trolley.
"The Curlytops and Their Pets" by Howard R. Garis
The special trolley for erecting the wires along the railway line is shown in Fig.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 1157, March 5, 1898" by Various
An Architect's, 194 "Trolley" System.
"The American Architect and Building News, Vol. 27, Jan-Mar, 1890" by Various
I watched electric cranes the size of trolley cars juggle chunks of metal that weighed tons.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Trolley-cars followed one another up and down Seventh Avenue in endless processions.
"The Secret Wireless" by Lewis E. Theiss
A man ran up bringing news that there'd been a collision with a trolley.
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Italy was strongly against any foreign invasion, aside from the American trolley-car.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
They came to Scollay Square, into which trolley cars were pouring from various sections, and soon they reached the store of the Jew tailors.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
There are a number of trolley lines in this section of Massachusetts, all centring in Pittsfield.
"American Boy's Life of Theodore Roosevelt" by Edward Stratemeyer
He called a messenger, despatched the package and the letter, and within half an hour was in a trolley car bound for Fall River.
"Prince or Chauffeur?" by Lawrence Perry
The trolley cars run from Buffalo to the Falls and back.
"From Farm to Fortune" by Horatio Alger Jr.
Also, three trolley lines.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
When he gets on a trolley car he draws a long breath and looks around in ecstasy at the human scenery.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
Name some streets or roads with trolley lines upon them.
"Where We Live" by Emilie Van Beil Jacobs
Miss Thompson may be off her trolley, but the others haven't even got any tracks.
"That Sweet Little Old Lady" by Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
Run over by a trolley car or anything?
"Peck's Uncle Ike and The Red Headed Boy 1899" by George W. Peck
Then no handy trolley rumbled by to take him on his near way.
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
Avoiding the traffic streets and trolley lines, the big car was turned south through the suburban hills.
"On the Edge of the Arctic" by Harry Lincoln Sayler

In poetry:

The poet is drunk, but
he hears a voice in the dawn:
Why don't we all go dancing
between the trolley and the tree?
"Dawn" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
I missed the trolley and the hope.
Pale, I go back home.
The street is useless and no car
would drive over my body.
"Lost Hope" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
Several men are standing on the pier
Unloading the sea
The device on the trolley says MOTHER'S MEAT
Which means Until the end.
"The End is Near the Beginning" by David Gascoyne
The poet rode the trolley drunk.
The sun came up behind the yards.
The small hotels slept very sadly.
The houses too were drunk.
"Dawn" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
Rest you there, poor unbelov'd ones,
Lap your loneliness in heat.
All too soon the tiny breakfast,
Trolley-bus and windy street!
"Business Girls" by Sir John Betjeman
The whistles shriek; their echoes fly
And many times the sounds repeat;
The trolley cars go rattling by;
They swift descend or climb on high
And ring their bells at many a street.
"Butte" by Aaron Southwick

In news:

Founded in 1916, Perley A Thomas Car Works manufactured streetcars and trolley buses before transitioning to school buses in 1936.
Lucky for the teen a trolley rider noticed he was trapped by the vending machine and called for help.
Instead, TARTA was getting excited over another study that said we needed trolleys in Downtown Toledo.
Workers place bagged sections on a cart or trolley, which is attached to a vacuum system.
Pivoting Beam & Trolley System can be extended over crane bay work stations.
Rimowa's Topas Business Trolley protects against humidity, so your clothes can handle Miami in July-even if you can't.
What Do You Think About Downtown Trolleys.
Tour guide Chris Oliver cleans up his trolley after completing a tour.
Trolleys were a great civic improvement in the early 1900s when they helped get tons of horse droppings off the streets.
Horses are long gone, but Anaheim is considering building a trolley line, which will make traffic worse and cost $318 million for 3.2 miles.
Salt Lake City's Trolley Square is in trouble.
AERO Specialties' "Towbar Trolley " allows for quick and easy movement of a complete set of towbars and heads.
Greater Vancouver uses a variety of transit modes, including electric trolleys and automated rail.
The Brills were gradually retired in the mid 1970s and replaced by new trolleys built by New Flyer Ind.
If you are going to ArtPrize, you might want to consider riding the trolley from Cedar Springs to Grand Rapids on Monday, September 26.

In science:

To enable detector access and maintenance, the entire shielding assembly consists of three parts: (1) a fixed shielding house, (2) a movable trolley on which the target detector sits, and (3) the front door which can be moved by wheels.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
The magnetic field is measured to 1 ppm by an NMR probe on a trolley.
Experimental Summary
The B-field in the storage region was mapped in 1 cm intervals every three to four days with 17 NMR probes mounted transversely on a movable cable-driven trolley.
The Muon Anomaly: Experiment and Theory
The NMR probes on the trolley were calibrated against a standard spherical water NMR probe, which was normalized to the precession frequency of a free proton.
The Muon Anomaly: Experiment and Theory
The fixed probes, in the off-line analysis, tracked the trolley probes to better than 0.15 ppm over time.
The Muon Anomaly: Experiment and Theory
Total Syst error on ωp † higher multipoles, trolley temperature stability, kicker eddy currents.
The Muon Anomaly: Experiment and Theory
The improvements in the 2000 data set are the installation of a new inflector with far less fringe field, greatly reducing the first item in the Table, and better trolley calibrations.
The Muon Anomaly: Experiment and Theory
To give an example of such a situation with lack of information, we consider two populations - New York and California people - reduced to people that take bus/trolley bus or walk to go working.
Testing means from sampling populations with undefined labels
It means that proportions of people walking or using bus/trolley bus for each population (New York and California) are known, with respect to an auxiliary variable (age for instance).
Testing means from sampling populations with undefined labels
Two ways of transportation have been kept: Bus/trolley bus and Walk.
Testing means from sampling populations with undefined labels
First we test the equality of the averages when the ways of transportation to work is Bus/trolley bus (label 1) in Table 9.
Testing means from sampling populations with undefined labels
Bus/trolley bus is now a nuisance parameter.
Testing means from sampling populations with undefined labels
Two ways of transportation to work have been kept: Bus/trolley bus or Railroad.
Testing means from sampling populations with undefined labels
In Table 14 we test the equality of the averages when the ways of transportation to work is Bus/trolley bus.
Testing means from sampling populations with undefined labels
The shafts, separated by about 1000 m, are connected at their bases by major drift, 13-15 ft wide and arching to 12 ft, equipped with an electric trolley line.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake