prong

noun
\ 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

prong

verb
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 If a candidate fails to meet the second prong of this unique electoral procedure, the state house decides who wins. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "A Jim Crow-Era Law Could Change The Results of Today's Election In Mississippi," 5 Nov. 2019 Another prong to the Gophers student-athletes’ academic success has been continuity in its advisers. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Gophers setting academic success records, but how does grade inflation factor in?," 1 Nov. 2019 The prongs of the pick made a plink, plink, plink music. Rion Amilcar Scott, The New Yorker, "Shape-ups at Delilah’s," 30 Sep. 2019 The court set a new, three-prong test for companies to use when determining how to classify their workers. Kathleen Ronayne, San Diego Union-Tribune, "California adds wage, benefit protections for gig workers," 18 Sep. 2019 The players' attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, charges that the 28 players clearly satisfy these prongs. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "USWNT's Class Certification Filing and What it Means for Case vs. U.S. Soccer," 13 Sep. 2019 These don’t tightly grip your phone but instead rely on gravity along with two or more alignment prongs to keep the gizmo in position. Julio Ojeda-zapata, Twin Cities, "MN drivers: If you want to use your phone in the car, you’ll need a mount. Here’s how to select one.," 25 July 2019 Germany stands to benefit from both prongs of this strategy. The Economist, "Germany needs fiscal stimulus. Here’s how to do it," 22 Aug. 2019 Across town at the main courthouse, another prong of Seattle's approach to addiction and crime plays out in its drug court. Author: Justin Jouvenal, Anchorage Daily News, "No charges for personal drug possession: Seattle’s bold gamble to bring ‘peace’ after the war on drugs," 24 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Apparently, there's now a new twist on the classic shape, looking a little more modern with an oval center stone and spiky pronged diamonds surrounding it. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "A Replica of Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring Is Now Available for Less Than $35," 2 Aug. 2019 The solutions, according to the Bay Area Equity Atlas report and Price’s work, have to be multi-pronged in order to really tackle the problems of housing affordability. Bay City News Service, The Mercury News, "Women of color face highest rent burden in Bay Area," 13 Aug. 2019 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, cleveland.com, "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, NOLA.com, "How human trafficking victims can get help in New Orleans," 17 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of prong

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prong

Noun

Middle English pronge

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prong

noun
How to pronounce prong (audio)

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

prong

noun
\ 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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