Prong meaning

prông, prŏng
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The definition of a prong is the pointed part of a fork, or a branch of something.

One of the metal parts of an electrical plug is an example of a prong.

An example of a prong is one of two sections into which a river divides.

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A thin, pointed, projecting part.

A pitchfork with four prongs.

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To pierce with or as if with a thin, pointed, projecting part.
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Any of the pointed ends of a fork; tine.
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Any pointed projecting part, as the tip of an antler.
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To pierce, lift, or break up with a prong.
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A thin, pointed, projecting part.

A pitchfork with four prongs.

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A branch; a fork.

The two prongs of a river.

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A branch; a fork.

The two prongs of a river.

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Origin of prong

  • Middle English pronge pointed instrument, pain from Medieval Latin pronga of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English pronge, perhaps from Middle Low German prange (“stick, restraining device"), from prangen (“to press, pinch"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)preng (“to wrap up, constrict"), akin to Lithuanian springstù (“to choke, become choked or obstructed"), Latvian sprañgât (“cord, constrict"), Ancient Greek σπαργανόω (sparganóō, “to swaddle"), σπάργανον (spárganon, “swaddling cloth").

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