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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The airplanes also carry the heavy handling equipment, like forklifts and pallet carriers, needed to move cargo around. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The C-130J Super Hercules Is Ready for the Worst," 9 Oct. 2018 The company historically has focused on selling lead-acid batteries and is dependent on making batteries that power forklifts. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Battery Maker EnerSys Tees Up $750 Million Deal in Diversification Push," 29 Oct. 2018 Production rolls After Lenz had attended to a million details such as whether forklifts can transfer boxes of bikes from ship to train or train to trucks, the pair signed on the dotted line and the production line rolled in far off Taiwan. 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 Speaking animatedly above the incessant back-up beeper of a nearby mini-forklift, Bolton surmised the hectic scene looking a little like someone who still couldn't believe his good fortune. Rosemary Feitelberg | Wwd,, "The Met’s Costume Institute unveils ‘Heavenly Bodies’ exhibition during preview before the Met Gala," 7 May 2018 For example, Sears spends on average $271,000 a month on forklift repair and rental. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Sears Seeks to Repair Fraying Supply Chain in Bankruptcy," 15 Oct. 2018 The credit allowed Plug Power to reduce the price of its fuel cells for trucks and forklifts, and to forge ahead with new hiring. New York Times, "This Factory Was Ready to Expand. Then Came the Trump Trade Wars.," 1 June 2018 IDC’s Llamas foresees a future where workers train on virtual forklifts, taking the multi-million dollar pieces of machinery for a spin in VR, with no risk of injury or accidents. Patrick Sisson, Vox, "In Walmart’s virtual reality simulation, Black Friday never ends," 15 Nov. 2018 The state of Indiana fined it for safety violations last year after a worker was crushed by a forklift. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Amazon accuses Sen. Bernie Sanders of misrepresenting worker pay, tells workers to send him positive stories," 29 Aug. 2018

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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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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