- –n.1. a child's name for a doll: »
The little girl was crying, saying that a dog had taken her rag dolly.2. a small low frame on wheels, used to move heavy things: »
The refrigerator was moved into the house on a dolly. He put the baggage on his dolly and wheeled it out to the taxi stand (New Yorker).3. a platform on wheels on which a motion-picture or television camera can be moved about.4. U.S. a small locomotive run on narrow-gauge tracks, used in switching, construction jobs, etc.5. Mining. a device for shaking and washing ore in a vessel.6. British Dialect. a wooden pole for stirring or twisting clothes in washing.7. a bar with a flat or cup-shaped piece set at an angle on one end, used to form or hold the head of a rivet.8. a block placed on the top of a pile while it is being driven.9.= dolly block. (Cf. ↑dolly block)10. British Slang. = dolly bird. (Cf. ↑dolly bird)11. Cricket. = dolly catch. (Cf. ↑dolly catch)–v.t., v.i.to move on a dolly: »
The camera dollied in for the final scene.╂[< doll + -y2]
Useful english dictionary. 2012.