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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Wojnowski and his wife Cheryl also own a DC Motors Plus, a forklift repair company in Muskego. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retiring Tess Corners fire chief built a career on being humble and serving others," 12 July 2018 Hollow Model 3 body frames are transported to the tent from the paint shop on forklifts. Russ Mitchell,, "Elon Musk is about to reveal how many Model 3s he's making. But that won't answer all the questions facing Tesla," 29 June 2018 The forklift issues its warning and moves slowly in reverse. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Austin hopes a new ballfield can help in its battle with opioids and HIV," 21 June 2018 The frigid building buzzed with workers on forklifts zigzagging across slick concrete floors, stacking orders waiting to be picked up. Robin Mcdowell, Washington Post, "AP Investigation: Fish billed as local isn’t always local," 14 June 2018 The frigid building buzzed with workers on forklifts zigzagging across slick concrete floors, stacking orders waiting to be picked up., "'Sustainably caught' seafood? Nationwide distributor's murky supply chain exposed," 14 June 2018 The experience teaches forklift-driving skills without putting people in danger. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "HTC Debuts New Vive Pro Virtual Reality Kit in Big Business Push," 23 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of forklift

1944, in the meaning defined above

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

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