legendary Scandinavian creature that lives in caves; round, rotation, spin
fish by pulling the bait and line through the water; sing in a loud or fish by trailing a baited line through the water; speak or sing in a loud rolling manner; roll; send intentionally erroneous messages to message boards in order to lure others to
Troll (Scandinavian) In common usage, an evil gnome or spirit depicted in stories as an ugly and dangerous sprite. As a prefix, used in Scandinavian tongues to denote magical or extrasensory means (e.g., trollkonst magic art, trollkaring old woman, hag, who practices magic arts). In this context it has come to mean almost exclusively an evil influence but there remain tales where a troll is seen as a model of gratitude and faithfulness. This may be a case where the spiritual influences of one culture become regarded by succeeding peoples as demonic. It is also possible that the trolls exemplified less evolved characteristics which become the faithful servants of him who overcomes these weaknesses in himself.
troll \troll\ (?), n. [icel. troll. cf. droll, trull.] (scand. myth.) a supernatural being, often represented as of diminutive size, but sometimes as a giant, and fabled to inhabit caves, hills, and like places; a witch. troll flower. (bot.) same as globeflower (a) troll \troll\ (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. trolled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. trolling.] [oe. trollen to roll, f. trôler, of. troller to drag about, to ramble; probably of teutonic origin; cf. g. trollen to roll, ramble, sich trollen to be gone; or perhaps for trotler, fr. f. trotter to trot (cf. trot.). cf. trawl.] 1. to move circularly or volubly; to roll; to turn. to dress and troll the tongue, and roll the eye. 2. to send about; to circulate, as a vessel in drinking. then doth she troll to the bowl. --gammer gurton's needle. troll the brown bowl. w. scott. 3. to sing the parts of in succession, as of a round, a catch, and the like; also, to sing loudly or freely. will you troll the catch ? his sonnets charmed the attentive crowd, by wide-mouthed mortaltrolled aloud. 4. to angle for with a trolling line, or with a book drawn along the surface of the water; hence, to allure. 5. to fish in; to seek to catch fish from. with patient angle trolls the finny deep. troll \troll\, v. i. 1. to roll; to run about; to move around; as, to troll in a coach and six. 2. to move rapidly; to wag. beaumont. 3. to take part in trolling a song. 4. to fish with a rod whose line runs on a reel; also, to fish by drawing the hook through the water. their young men trolled along the brooks that abounded in fish. troll \troll\, n. 1. the act of moving round; routine; repetition. 2. a song the parts of which are sung in succession; a catch; a round. thence the catch and troll, while "laughter, holding both his sides," sheds tears to song and ballad pathetic on the woes of married life. wilson. 3. a trolley. troll plate (mach.), a rotative disk with spiral ribs or grooves, by which several pieces, as the jaws of a chuck, can be brought together or spread radially. troll n : (scandinavian folklore) a supernatural creature (either a dwarf or a giant) that is supposed to live in caves or in the mountains v 1. circulate, move around 2. cause to move round and round; "the child trolled her hoop" 3. sing the parts of (a round) in succession 4. angle with a hook and line drawn through the water 5. sing loudly and without inhibition 6. praise or celebrate in song; "all tongues shall troll you" 7. speak or recite rapidly or in a rolling voice
A troll is a supernatural being in Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore. In origin, troll may have been a negative synonym for a jötunn (plural jötnar). In Old Norse sources, beings described as trolls dwell in isolated rocks, mountains, or caves, live together in small family units, and are rarely helpful to human beings.
A particular nasty breed of usenet poster who posts specifically to get a rise from others. The term originated when a comparison was drawn to "trolling for fish", where you cast the bait out and see who bites.
Noun 1. (Scandanavian folklore) a supernatural creature (either a dwarf or a giant) that is supposed to live in caves or in the mountains (hypernym) mythical monster, mythical creature (classification) folklore (classification) Scandinavia 2. a partsong in which voices follow each other; one voice starts and others join in one after another until all are singing different parts of the song at the same time; "they enjoyed singing rounds" (synonym) round (hypernym) partsong 3. a fisherman's lure that is used in trolling; "he used a spinner as his troll" (hypernym) fisherman's lure, fish lure 4. angling by drawing a baited line through the water (synonym) trolling (hypernym) angling Verb 1. circulate, move around (hypernym) circle, circulate 2. cause to move round and round; "The child trolled her hoop" (hypernym) wheel, roll 3. sing the parts of (a round) in succession (hypernym) sing (derivation) round (classification) music 4. angle with a hook and line drawn through the water (hypernym) angle 5. sing loudly and without inhibition (hypernym) sing 6. praise or celebrate in song; "All tongues shall troll you" (hypernym) praise 7. speak or recite rapidly or in a rolling voice (hypernym) talk, speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbalise
v.,n. 1. [From the Usenet group alt.folklore.urban] To utter a posting on Usenet designed to attract predictable responses or flames; or, the post itself. Derives from the phrase "trolling for newbies" which in turn comes from mainstream "trolling", a style of fishing in which one trails bait through a likely spot hoping for a bite. The well-constructed troll is a post that induces lots of newbies and flamers to make themselves look even more clueless than they already do, while subtly conveying to the more savvy and experienced that it is in fact a deliberate troll. If you don't fall for the joke, you get to be in on it. See also YHBT. 2. An individual who chronically trolls in sense 1; regularly posts specious arguments, flames or personal attacks to a newsgroup, discussion list, or in email for no other purpose than to annoy someone or disrupt a discussion. Trolls are recognizable by the fact that the have no real interest in learning about the topic at hand - they simply want to utter flame bait. Like the ugly creatures they are named after, they exhibit no redeeming characteristics, and as such, they are recognized as a lower form of life on the net, as in, "Oh, ignore him, he's just a troll." 3. [Berkeley] Computer lab monitor. A popular campus job for CS students. Duties include helping newbies and ensuring that lab policies are followed. Probably so-called because it involves lurking in dark cavelike corners.
Some people claim that the troll (sense 1) is properly a narrower category than flame bait, that a troll is categorized by containing some assertion that is wrong but not overtly controversial. See also Troll-O-Meter.
To sing the parts of in succession, as of a round, a catch, and the like; also, to sing loudly or freely. (v. t.)
To send about; to circulate, as a vessel in drinking. (v. t.)
To move circularly or volubly; to roll; to turn. (v. t.)
To fish in; to seek to catch fish from. (v. t.)
To angle for with a trolling line, or with a book drawn along the surface of the water; hence, to allure. (v. i.)
To take part in trolling a song. (v. i.)
To roll; to run about; to move around; as, to troll in a coach and six. (v. i.)
To move rapidly; to wag. (v. i.)
To fish with a rod whose line runs on a reel; also, to fish by drawing the hook through the water. (n.)
The act of moving round; routine; repetition. (n.)
A trolley. (n.)
A supernatural being, often represented as of diminutive size, but sometimes as a giant, and fabled to inhabit caves, hills, and like places; a witch. (n.)
A song the parts of which are sung in succession; a catch; a round.