- a doll: a child's word
- a tool used to hold a rivet at one end while a head is hammered out of the other end
- Dialectal a stick or board for stirring, as in laundering clothes or washing ore
- ☆ any of several kinds of low, flat, wheeled frames for transporting heavy objects, as in a factory
- ☆ Film, TV a low, wheeled platform on which the camera is mounted for moving it about the set
Origin of dollydiminutive of doll
intransitive verbdollied, dollying
to move a dolly forward (in), backward (out), etc. in photographing or televising the action
to move (a camera, load, etc.) on a dolly
- Informal A child's doll.
- a. A low mobile platform that rolls on casters, used for transporting heavy loads.b. Such a platform as used by one working underneath a motor vehicle.c. A hand truck.
- a. A wheeled apparatus used to transport a movie camera steadily along the ground or along a track.b. A movie shot made by a camera moving steadily on a dolly; a tracking shot.
- A small locomotive, as for use in a railroad yard or on a construction site.
- A wooden implement for stirring clothes in a washtub.
- A tool used to hold one end of a rivet while the opposite end is being hammered to form a head.
- A small piece of wood or metal placed on the head of a pile to prevent damage to the pile while it is being driven.
intransitive verbdol·lied, dol·ly·ing, dol·lies
To move a dolly in a specified direction: The camera dollied left, keeping the actors in the frame.
- A contrivance, turning on a vertical axis by a handle or winch, and giving a circular motion to the ore to be washed; a stirrer.
- A tool with an indented head for shaping the head of a rivet.
- In pile driving, a block interposed between the head of the pile and the ram of the driver.
- A small truck with a single wide roller used for moving heavy beams, columns, etc., in bridge building.
- A compact, narrow-gauge locomotive used for moving construction trains, switching, etc.
- (film) A specialized piece of film equipment resembling a little cart on which a camera is mounted.
- (children, colloquial) A child's name for a doll.
- (cricket) A ball hit by a batsman such that it goes gently to a fielder for a simple catch.
(third-person singular simple present dollies, present participle dollying, simple past and past participle dollied)
- (cricket) To hit a dolly.
- To move an object using a dolly.