fork·​lift | \ ˈfȯrk-ˌlift How to pronounce forklift (audio) \

Definition of forklift

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

Examples of forklift in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The agency is currently investigating a May incident involving a forklift. Washington Post, 14 July 2021 Working remotely might give him a new shot at a job driving a forklift. Ed Garsten, Forbes, 7 July 2021 As a forklift operator, his job isn’t as physically demanding as others on the floor. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 1 July 2021 Throughout her incarceration, Ocejo worked her way up to the top rate of $1.60 an hour, driving a forklift for Badger State Industries, Wisconsin’s correctional industry. Sonya Chechik And Kirien Sprecher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 June 2021 White’s attorney, Robert McCaleb, in his argument for a lower bond, said White had been working to get his forklift license and just secured a job. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 11 June 2021 Two area men killed in unrelated accidents, one involving a car crash and the other a forklift incident, have been identified by the Kane County Coroner’s Office. Gloria Casas,, 8 June 2021 Ben and Amy Lefenfeld, who co-own La Cuchara, have considered renting out a forklift to cicada-proof their giant tent with nets. Saahil Desai, The Atlantic, 19 May 2021 On April 20, 2017, Myers fired his gun in another lethal encounter — the fatal shooting of Damarius Butts, a Black 19-year-old forklift operator, father and community college student. NBC News, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of forklift

1944, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jul 2021

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“Forklift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of forklift

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

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