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

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forklift was in 1944

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“Forklift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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fork·​lift ˈfȯr-ˌklift How to pronounce forklift (audio)
: a machine for lifting heavy objects by means of steel fingers inserted under the load

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