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 As Holcomb was seeking to lure Amazon’s HQ2 to Indiana in 2017, Phillip Lee Terry, 59, was crushed and killed by a forklift while working at Amazon's Plainfield facility. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Labor commissioner resigns following federal investigation of Amazon death," 12 June 2020 As Americans shifted to ordering food and groceries online from giant retailers during lockdowns, Plug Power forklifts handled almost a third of their movement through distribution centers and warehouses. Chris Martin,, "Delivery Boom Kicks Hydrogen-Powered Forklifts Into Hyperdrive," 10 May 2020 Police found and apprehended 41-year-old Charlie Chapman Jr. in a construction site on a forklift, according to the police report. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "'Serious safety risk': Man arrested after pointing laser at planes, temporarily blinding one pilot," 24 Jan. 2020 Some hospitals ran out of body bags — the city has since distributed 20,000 — and others have used forklifts to transfer piles of corpses into makeshift mobile morgues. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "‘We Ran Out of Space’: Bodies Pile Up as N.Y. Struggles to Bury Its Dead," 30 Apr. 2020 Ladd, who supports Trump and his wall project, said his span of the border now has about 70 gates, and U.S. agents use a forklift to raise them at the beginning of every summer. Washington Post, "Trump’s border wall, vulnerable to flash floods, needs large storm gates left open for months," 30 Jan. 2020 Across the facility, forklifts move about on aisles that resemble streets between towering racks with shelves that contain every grocery item imaginable. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meet the Wisconsin grocery warehouse workers who've shipped 162 million pounds of food during coronavirus panic-buying," 4 Apr. 2020 Cars and buses passed by as corpses were loaded by forklift at Brooklyn Hospital Center. Washington Post, "Help heads to NYC as experts predict over 100,000 US deaths," 1 Apr. 2020 Cars and buses passed by as corpses were loaded by forklift at Brooklyn Hospital Center. Anchorage Daily News, "US coronavirus death toll eclipses China’s official count," 31 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of forklift

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Forklift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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