\ ˈprȯŋ How to pronounce prong (audio) , 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

Examples of prong in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Discovery program is just one prong of the mayor’s effort to boost the number of black and Hispanic students at specialized high schools. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "De Blasio Lawyers Say Change for Elite Schools Isn’t Biased Against Asian-Americans," 18 Jan. 2019 Grover and his team replaced the prongs with a piece bent metal tubing and injected it with a liquid. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Simple Musical Instrument Can Detect Poison," 13 Sep. 2018 Democrats would already be calling for public hearings, if not hangings. *** A post-election debrief, quoted by the Washington Post, describes several prongs of attack. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Reid Hoffman’s Fake News," 11 Jan. 2019 Martha Al-Bishara was charged with criminal trespass and obstructing an officer Friday, when police held her at gunpoint before bringing her to the ground with a jolt from the electrified prongs of a stun gun. Fox News, "Police chief defends Taser use on woman, 87, holding knife," 15 Aug. 2018 Regarding the second prong of Dynamex—Does the worker perform work that's outside the employer's core business?—defining a core business could get a lot fuzzier. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Gig economy 101—“I came to this bar in a Lyft, should I feel guilty about that?”," 3 Aug. 2018 If a Best Buy hires a plumber, for instance, Dubal notes the plumber would be considered a contractor (that second prong is perhaps the biggest hurdle for gig-economy companies). Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Gig economy 101—“I came to this bar in a Lyft, should I feel guilty about that?”," 3 Aug. 2018 Plucking one of the prongs releases a sound, as can be seen here. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Simple Musical Instrument Can Detect Poison," 13 Sep. 2018 Knots formed in my comb, the touch of the plastic prongs enough to pull the strands away from my scalp. Devin Tomb, Good Housekeeping, "As 100,000 Strands Fell," 3 Feb. 2017

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


Middle English pronge

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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


\ ˈprȯŋ How to pronounce prong (audio) \

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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