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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
1940-45; fork + lift Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for forklift
  • Sorensen is a licensed truck driver, certified forklift operator and a journeyman painter.
  • Quite a few are mixing cement and driving forklift trucks on the big infrastructure projects peppered around the region.
  • On the second day, the biologists tip the head over with a forklift so they can work on the other side.
  • But a forklift manufacturer that sent people to look at it isn't convinced.
  • forklift drivers slid load after load of electrical equipment off semi trucks.
  • He was a normal, decent guy, driving a forklift in a warehouse.
  • Before operating a forklift, read and study the operator's manual discussion on controls.
  • There are several different types of forklift tires, depending on how the forklift is used.
  • Do not operate a forklift if the light comes on or the gauge indicates an overheated engine.
  • Do not operate a forklift from which the positioning lock has been removed or is inoperable.
Word Origin and History for forklift

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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