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

England's Mason Mount has scored in his last two games (prong 1). SI.com, "Premier League Fantasy Football: Who's Hot and Who's Not in Gameweek 4," 29 Aug. 2019 And now there’s a third prong on this deadly trident: light pollution. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "These fish eggs aren't hatching. The culprit? Light pollution.," 9 July 2019 One prong of China’s approach has become clearer: stern demands for business to fall into line. The Economist, "Is Hong Kong moving closer to the abyss that its leaders warn about?," 17 Aug. 2019 One prong of the administration's proposal would allow states, wholesalers and pharmacists to get FDA approval to import certain medications that are also available here. Fortune, "Trump Administration to Allow Americans to Get Cheaper Drugs from Canada," 31 July 2019 McDowell didn't comply and the prongs were discharged. Rebekah Riess, CNN, "A police officer used his Taser on an NFL lineman during an arrest. Then the player tried to tackle him," 10 July 2019 There are two prongs to this one: Matt Chapman puts together a remarkable second half to pilot the A’s into a wild-card spot and earns AL MVP honors over Mike Trout. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Predictions: What Will Happen in the Second Half of the Season?," 12 July 2019 Across town at the main courthouse, another prong of Seattle’s approach to addiction and crime plays out in its drug court. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "No charges for personal drug possession: Seattle’s bold gamble to bring ‘peace’ after the war on drugs," 11 June 2019 Meanwhile, the third prong is through FDA rescheduling. Madison Margolin, Quartz, "The next battle in the War on Drugs will be fought over psychedelics," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "After complaints, Uber now paying drivers more for Pool trips," 26 Sep. 2017

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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

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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