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The main meaning of trolley is missing[edit]

Trolley is used as a short for trolleybus as said in the article.

A trolley is the device connecting a car to electricity wires to feed the motor. A trolleybus or trolley bus is so called because it holds a trolley.

I do not see any entry telling what a trolley (the device) is.

If anyone knows the etymology and the correct description of the device, such as having or not a pulley, if it should be a large stick with a pulley or a curve tip. What is the difference with a pantograph. Please fix this entry.


Wikipedia cleanup for trolley (disambiguation)[edit]

I'm cleaning up the trolley (disambiguation) page of wikipedia. This seems to be the best place for "dropping" the following information but I've never worked with wiktionary before and I'm not a native speaker, so please feel free to do with it what's right.

Trolley can refer to various things:

  • In American English, it can refer to:
    • an electric streetcar, elsewhere known as a tram;
    • colloquially, light rail;
    • For the electric buses sometimes known as trackless trolleys or trolley coaches, see trolleybus;
  • In British English, it can refer to:
    • a shopping trolley, known to Americans as a shopping cart;
    • a sweet trolley with sweets in a restaurant
    • a two or four wheeled trolley for transporting high loads over rails
    • a two-wheeled hand-truck or dolly;
    • a soapbox car or cart, also known as an unmotorised go-kart;
    • a gurney when used in a hospital environment;
    • an abundance of trolls;
    • a trolleybus, also known as trolley bus, trolley coach, trackless trolley, or trackless tram;

Sgeureka 00:45, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

Thanks, you've done exactly right.
There are two senses I haven't heard (the unmotorised go-kart and the abundance of trolls) and it is possible that someone will challenge them (or indeed challenge some of the senses I have heard), the general rule being that it should be possible to find at least three durably archived cites of each usage, or otherwise it is too rare to include (see WT:CFI). Someone else may feel that some of the senses are close enough that they should be merged.
But those are issues for other editors if they see fit. Your "drop" is in the right place, in the right style and correctly formatted. I hope we see you again. --Enginear 18:30, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

Early electric streetcars picked up their current from a small four-wheeled cart (a trolley) running on double overhead wires, tethered to the car by a cable. This arrangement quickly became obsolete, to be replaced by a single wire and a sprung trolley pole with one wheel on the end. The cars are called trolley cars, or trolleys for short. A car with a pantograph instead of a trolley pole is not called a trolley, but an electric streetcar or tram. Larger trolleys running between towns, sometimes in multi-car trains, are called interurbans.

trolley bus is used in North America. At least in Canada, trolley is still sometimes used for small carts, like tea trolleyMichael Z. 2009-06-14 14:17 z

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Rfv-sense: (British) an abundance of trolls. DCDuring TALK 20:31, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

Silly. Deleted. Equinox 01:53, 5 October 2009 (UTC)