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forklift

[fawrk-lift]
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noun
  1. 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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to move or stack by forklift.
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Origin of forklift

First recorded in 1940–45; fork + lift
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British Dictionary definitions for fork-lift truck

fork-lift truck

noun
  1. a vehicle having two power-operated horizontal prongs that can be raised and lowered for loading, transporting, and unloading goods, esp goods that are stacked on wooden palletsSometimes shortened to: forklift
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Word Origin and History for fork-lift truck

forklift

n.

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

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