fork·lift | \ ˈfȯrk-ˌlift \

Definition of forklift 

: a self-propelled machine for hoisting and transporting heavy objects by means of steel fingers inserted under the load

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Heading overseas The two got together and plunged into a world of manufacturing, prototypes, specs, shipping schedules, tariffs, forklifts and trucking. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here’s how two 'ordinary' Milwaukee-area men created a unique, dual-wheeled bicycle. The next challenge? Trying to sell them.," 11 July 2018 Producers pay about €9 a year per wheel to use the bank’s facility, which was buzzing on a recent afternoon as workers, surrounded by row upon row of Parmigiano stacked on shelves 24 high, moved the cheese around with small forklifts. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Someone Is Stealing Italy’s Most Precious Cheese," 22 June 2018 Doggett, one of Houston's largest private companies, operates 33 heavy equipment dealerships that sell Freightliner trucks, John Deere construction and forestry equipment, Link Belt cranes and Toyota forklifts. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Doggett Industries acquires Lone Star Ford dealership," 2 May 2018 According to the bond reduction request, Williams is a father of a 20- and 9-year-old child, a forklift driver and lives with the mother of his children. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora man accused of killing softball coach in hit-and-run crash was not wearing required glasses: prosecutors," 3 July 2018 Edward Blake, a 53-year-old forklift driver from Houston, sought out the same doctor for the same reasons. Randi Hutter Epstein, New York Times, "The Highs and Lows of Testosterone," 27 Mar. 2018 Of the 207 workers, 179 are operators, 27 are forklift operators and one is a truck driver, the notice to Missouri said. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Harley-Davidson shutdown triggers 207 layoffs at another Kansas City operation," 22 June 2018 Even forklift operators are being asked to be proficient in inventory management software. Anne D'innocenzio,, "Need an entry-level job at a store? It can be harder now," 30 May 2018 One important factor is Elgin Community College’s training program for electric forklift use, chamber President and CEO Carol Gieske said. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "iHerb holding job fair to hire for large distribution center opening in Elgin," 20 June 2018

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forklift was in 1944

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: a machine that is used for lifting and moving heavy objects

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