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[fawrk-lift] /ˈfɔrkˌlɪft/
Also called forklift truck, fork truck. a small vehicle with two power-operated prongs at the front that can be slid under heavy loads and then raised for moving and stacking materials in warehouses, shipping depots, etc.
verb (used with object)
to move or stack by forklift.
Origin of forklift
First recorded in 1940-45; fork + lift Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In England a 40-cell unit has been used to drive a forklift truck and to do electric welding.

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  • Jon called to him, the robot swung up his forklift and rolled over on noiseless tires.

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Word Origin and History for forklift

also fork-lift (truck), 1946, from fork (n.) + lift (n.).

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