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[prawng, prong] /prɔŋ, prɒŋ/
noun
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).
verb (used with object)
5.
to pierce or stab with or as if with a prong.
6.
to supply with prongs.
Origin of prong
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Synonyms
2. hook, tooth, spur.
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  • Then one man has a rake too heavy for him, and another a prong too light.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • In other cases a hook or prong is bent to change the spring tension.

  • There has been a good deal said as to whether the outer edge of the prong of a fork should be straight or curved.

  • Old muskets fired by a fusee, with a prong to rest the barrel on.

    An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet A. Henry Savage Landor
  • "'Tain't nowise plentiful," the latter admitted, as with each hand gripping a prong of the willow he kept his eyes fixed upon it.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • Had we turned up the other prong we would have frozen to death.

  • "I think so much of my own parish church, Mr. prong," Mrs. Ray replied.

    Rachel Ray Anthony Trollope
  • With one prong of a compass in the centre of Hudson Bay, describe a circle.

  • For instance, spirits newly arrived in hell require no devil with his prong to drive them to their punishment.

    Three Philosophical Poets George Santayana
British Dictionary definitions for prong

prong

/prɒŋ/
noun
1.
a sharply pointed end of an instrument, such as on a fork
2.
any pointed projecting part
verb
3.
(transitive) to prick or spear with or as if with a prong
Derived Forms
pronged, 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
n.

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for prong

prong

noun

The penis; prick

verb

To do the sex act to or with; screw: every guy who had ever pronged her (1969+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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