\ˈprȯŋ, ˈpräŋ\

Definition of prong 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : fork

2 : a tine of a fork

3 : a slender pointed or projecting part: such as

a : a fang of a tooth

b : a point of an antler

4 : something resembling a prong


pronged; pronging; prongs

Definition of prong (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to stab, pierce, or break up with a pronged device

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These trendy spinners are made from metal or plastic, and have a bearing in the center with prongs that spin around. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Those Popular Fidget Spinners," 4 May 2017 Hold the pen with the prongs pointing at your lashes and dot them right into your lash line for a natural-looking, flawless finish in 60 seconds flat. Hannah Hickok, Redbook, "The Easiest Eyeliners Ever," 20 Sep. 2012 The money-losing DirecTV Now streaming service is a prong in Stephenson’s forward-looking plan. Meg James,, "AT&T chief is focused on using Time Warner as a springboard into the digital future," 30 May 2018 The first prong is achieving an independent security guarantee in the form of a nuclear deterrent, which has progressed incontrovertibly under Kim’s leadership. John Delury, Washington Post, "Pompeo’s visit suggests the Trump-Kim summit is on track. Here’s why Kim is ready to talk.," 18 Apr. 2018 These are two prongs of the same underlying agenda. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "President Trump sees immigration as a defense issue.," 22 June 2018 The final prong of that accountability is meeting Golovkin in their rematch in September. Lance Pugmire,, "The Times' pound-for-pound top-10 boxing list," 10 May 2018 And that came out of a functional design rather than a decorative design; it was set on six prongs so that more light passed through it. Reed Krakoff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Garden State: Reed Krakoff's First Collection for Tiffany & Co.," 2 May 2018 The second prong of Europe’s Trump-management strategy will be on display at the end of the week when German chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Washington. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "Europe Reveals Its Latest Strategy for Managing Trump," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Few hardware manufacturers have convinced other game makers that their strange, proprietary chips—full of multi-pronged, work-in-tandem processors or cores—are worth those system-specific headaches. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti review: A tale of two very expensive graphics cards," 19 Sep. 2018 There’s no definitive diagnostic test for schizophrenia, so doctors will typically take a multi-pronged approach. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Schizophrenia, Which Is Way Too Misunderstood," 15 Sep. 2018 Google, which has been under fire for being one of the biggest enablers of fake news, is now fighting back with a new multi-pronged, $300 million plan to elevate quality journalism. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Google embraces the news with new initiative to fight misinformation," 20 Mar. 2018 To answer these questions, the researchers launched a multi-pronged analysis. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Many glaciers letting rivers run low, others are falling apart," 27 Jan. 2018 The indictments of the 13 Russians relate to just one prong of a multi-pronged investigation. Jeff Darcy,, "Ingraham loses to LeBron, Constitution: Darcy cartoon," 20 Feb. 2018 Treatment is often multi-pronged, spanning areas such as behavioral health, medical care, addiction services and job training. Kevin Litten,, "How human trafficking victims can get help in New Orleans," 17 Feb. 2018 About halfway through the 180 Days of Change initiative, Uber’s multi-pronged campaign seeks to give its independent contractors more reasons to drive for the company — and not its primary competitor, Lyft. Jennifer Van Grove,, "After complaints, Uber now paying drivers more for Pool trips," 26 Sep. 2017 The troubling whiff of nationalist sentiment doesn’t entirely blunt the force and sweep of Ryoo’s multi-pronged narrative, even when the story generally proceeds in fits and starts. Justin Chang,, "Sweeping, unfocused 'Battleship Island' concocts a WWII-era Korean escape thriller," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of prong


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prong


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English Language Learners Definition of prong

: one of the long points of a fork or similar object

: one of the small metal parts of an electrical plug that fit into the holes in an outlet


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Kids Definition of prong

1 : one of the sharp points of a fork

2 : a slender part that sticks out (as a point of an antler)

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