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 According to the Asahi newspaper, Yamagami was a contract worker at a warehouse in Kyoto, operating a forklift. Mari Yamaguchi, Chicago Tribune, 9 July 2022 Someone operating a forklift, on the other hand, can lift far more weight than any athlete with almost no exertion at all. Andy Crouch, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2022 Skyler Fischer, a forklift driver at a Fred Meyer distribution center in the town of Clackamas, has been working there for 12 years and works at least four days a week, 10 to 12 hours each day. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2022 A day later, an anonymous tipster led authorities to recover most of the boxes and a forklift stolen from Tauzer's family business some 55 miles (88 kilometers) away, at a rural property in Yolo County. Fox News, 22 Feb. 2022 Instead, Brooks fell back into civilian life as a forklift operator until retiring his 70s. NBC News, 5 Jan. 2022 Eisenberg said that Padilla, a former forklift operator with an 11th grade education, instructed his moderation team to follow the ever-shifting rules set by his bosses. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2021 In 2021 three quarters of Instawork users worked shifts in more than one role, such as forklift driver or bartender, and about a third worked at least one shift during the day and one at night. Daniel Altman, WSJ, 8 Feb. 2022 The Season 19 champion went from being a forklift driver to the first person to win American Idol with an original song. Annie Reuter, Forbes, 22 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of forklift

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Forklift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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