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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 tip of the prong can leave a water spot and glasses wedged over two tines can crack. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use and Load a Dishwasher the Right Way," 13 Nov. 2019 The role of food banks and pantries The emergency food system is the fourth prong, but the option people often think of first. Jen Zettel-vandenhouten, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We may not be able to end hunger in Wisconsin but we can reduce it. Here's what it will take.," 24 Oct. 2019 But institutional investors are starting to be lured in—thanks to technology, the revolution’s third prong. The Economist, "Trade finance is nearing a much-needed shakeup," 24 Oct. 2019 One of the officers deployed his taser on the suspect, but the man became more combative when only one of the two prongs from the device stuck to him. Jeremy Gorner,, "Officers honored for safely disarming machete-wielding man with taser," 18 Sep. 2019 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 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,, "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

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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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25 Nov 2019

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“Prong.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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


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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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