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[prawng, prong]
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  1. one of the pointed tines of a fork.
  2. any pointed, projecting part, as of an antler.
  3. a branch of a stream.
  4. 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).
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verb (used with object)
  1. to pierce or stab with or as if with a prong.
  2. to supply with prongs.
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Origin of prong

1400–50; late Middle English pronge, prange pain, affliction, pointed instrument; akin to Old Swedish prang gorge, narrow street, Middle Low German prange stake, prangen to press, Gothic anaprangan to oppress


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  1. a sharply pointed end of an instrument, such as on a fork
  2. any pointed projecting part
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  1. (tr) to prick or spear with or as if with a prong
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Derived Formspronged, adjective

Word Origin

C15: related to Middle Low German prange a stake, Gothic anaprangan to afflict
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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).

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