\ 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 Disney considers Hulu the third prong in its direct-to-consumer bundling strategy with ESPN+ and Disney+. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2021 To tackle that second prong, offering job security and benefits creates a culture of trust between workers and employers. Paul Blanchard, Rolling Stone, 14 May 2021 The second prong asserts that the best way to fight bad information on the internet is with good information. Allison Morrow, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 The Floeting diamond setting is a new alternative to the classic prong setting, known for teasing out the maximum light return in a diamond. Carol Besler, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 Last week, the head of the US Federal Reserve had the sensitive task of announcing the central bank is rolling back its bond-purchasing program, a key prong of its pandemic stimulus. Nate Dicamillo, Quartz, 10 Nov. 2021 Regardless of what happens at Friday’s court hearing, the future of the other prong of the conservatorship — the conservatorship of Spears’s estimated $60 million estate — will probably be decided at a later date. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 On the other hand, the second prong of the antiabuse rule — which targets capitalizing or funding — applies at the level of the second-tier domestic subsidiary because the benefit of section 1298(b)(7) applies only to assets held at that level. Carrie Brandon Elliott, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Newsom and other state officials unveiled the latest prong of their COVID-19 battle plan earlier this week. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The chat reportedly suggested the members had strong ties to the police force, which then brought police corruption into the multi-pronged scandal. Caitlin Kelley, Billboard, 24 Mar. 2019 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, 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, 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, 19 Sep. 2018 There’s no definitive diagnostic test for schizophrenia, so doctors will typically take a multi-pronged approach. Nina Bahadur, SELF, 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, 20 Mar. 2018 To answer these questions, the researchers launched a multi-pronged analysis. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 27 Jan. 2018 The indictments of the 13 Russians relate to just one prong of a multi-pronged investigation. Jeff Darcy,, 20 Feb. 2018

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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 : tine
: 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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