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[prawng, prong]
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.

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)
1.  a sharply pointed end of an instrument, such as on a fork
2.  any pointed projecting part
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]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
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,
  remains operative.
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