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

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DHL Supply Chain said Saleh had worked there as a forklift operator since 2018. Washington Post, "Families struggling to cope after mass shootings," 8 Aug. 2019 At a Georgia-Pacific warehouse complex in Portland, Oregon, Koch boosted productivity by using a software program called the Labor Management System, which precisely directed the movements of forklift drivers during their shifts. Christopher Leonard, ProPublica, "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: The Safety Crisis at Koch Industries’ Georgia-Pacific," 8 Aug. 2019 There were tracked bulldozers, wheeled forklifts, and articulated dump trucks with beds the size of backyard swimming pools. Andrew Curry, WIRED, "One Boy’s Dream Vacation to See Giant Construction Equipment," 26 June 2019 Design, employees, and hours About 4.2 acres of the 15.8-acre parcel will be dedicated to outdoor storage for tent products, event rental equipment, propane, and portable diesel fuel tanks, portable generators, forklifts, and more. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Arena Americas moving to a new facility in Oak Creek," 16 May 2018 In 1985, Torres was a brand new hire at the San Jose fire department, fresh off a stint as a forklift operator for a then-fledgling Apple. Erin Woo, The Mercury News, "New Santa Clara fire chief brings 33 years of experience to the job, but his hefty paycheck is raising eyebrows," 15 July 2019 Christian has just joined the company as a stock handler and aspiring forklift driver. Michael Phillips,, "‘In the Aisles’ review: Love among the forklifts, with the star of ‘Toni Erdmann’," 18 June 2019 The driver and passenger exited the vehicle and cut the battery cables and removed four batteries from the scissor lift and cut the cable on the forklift but could not get the battery out. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 10 June 2019 McCray is raising his children in the southern United States and was working as a forklift operator as of 2012. Eric Todisco,, "The Central Park Five Receive Standing Ovation at 2019 BET Awards," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of forklift

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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