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- 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: diminutive of doll
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
noun pl. dol·lies
- 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 wheeled apparatus used to transport a movie or television camera about a set.
- 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.
dolly - Cultural Definition
The first mammal successfully cloned — Dolly, a sheep — was born in 1996 in Scotland as the result of work by biologist Ian Wilmut (see clone). The procedure that produced Dolly involved removing the nucleus from an egg cell and placing the nucleus of an adult sheep's mammary cell into it. Further manipulations caused the egg to “turn on” all genes and develop like a normal zygote. (See totipotency.)