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prong

[prawng, prong]
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:
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


2. hook, tooth, spur.
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prong (prɒŋ)
 
n
1.  a sharply pointed end of an instrument, such as on a fork
2.  any pointed projecting part
 
vb
3.  (tr) to prick or spear with or as if with a prong
 
[C15: related to Middle Low German prange a stake, Gothic anaprangan to afflict]
 
pronged
 
adj

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prong
1492, from Anglo-Latin pronga "prong, pointed tool," of unknown origin, perhaps related to M.L.G. prange "stick, restraining device," prangen "to press, pinch." See also prod, which may be related. Prong-horned antelope is from 1815.
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He essentially sketches a two-pronged approach to progress in social disputes.
It is going to take more than a one-pronged strategy.
Incised in the metal is a two-pronged emblem topped by a cross.
The two-pronged strategy, a sustainable troop commitment mixed with urgency,
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