prong

[ prawng, prong ]
/ prɔŋ, prɒŋ /

noun

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).

verb (used with object)

to pierce or stab with or as if with a prong.
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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British Dictionary definitions for prong

prong
/ (prɒŋ) /

noun

a sharply pointed end of an instrument, such as on a fork
any pointed projecting part

verb

(tr) to prick or spear with or as if with a prong

Derived forms of prong

pronged, adjective

Word Origin for prong

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