- one of the pointed tines of a fork.
- any pointed, projecting part, as of an antler.
- a branch of a stream.
- Jewelry. a tapering metal projection, usually heavier than a claw, rising from the base of a jewelry setting and used to hold a stone in position as needed.Compare claw(def 7).
- to pierce or stab with or as if with a prong.
- to supply with prongs.
Origin of prong
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Examples from the Web for prong
But more telling than this is the second prong of the Eastern Lyme Offensive.Mitt’s Bizarre Lyme Disease Offensive
October 2, 2012
In other cases a hook or prong is bent to change the spring tension.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
Old muskets fired by a fusee, with a prong to rest the barrel on.An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet
A. Henry Savage Landor
Then one man has a rake too heavy for him, and another a prong too light.The Toilers of the Field
Had we turned up the other prong we would have frozen to death.Life and Adventures of 'Billy' Dixon
With one prong of a compass in the centre of Hudson Bay, describe a circle.The Story of the Trapper
A. C. Laut
- a sharply pointed end of an instrument, such as on a fork
- any pointed projecting part
- (tr) to prick or spear with or as if with a prong
Word Origin and History for prong
early 15c., prange "pointed instrument;" mid-15c., pronge "pain," from Anglo-Latin pronga "prong, pointed tool," of unknown origin, perhaps related to Middle Low German prange "stick, restraining device," prangen "to press, pinch." See also prod, which might be related. Prong-horned antelope is from 1815 (short form pronghorn attested from 1826).