prong

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prong a pointed projection
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prong (Zoöl) A sharp projection, as of an antler.
    • Prong A sharp-pointed instrument. "Prick it on a prong of iron."
    • Prong (Zoöl) The fang of a tooth.
    • Prong The tine of a fork, or of a similar instrument; as, a fork of two or three prongs .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prong A pang.
    • n prong A sharp point or a pointed instrument; especially, one of several points which together make up a larger object: as, the prong of a fork; the prong of a deer's antler.
    • n prong A hay-fork.
    • n prong A fork or branch of a stream or inlet.
    • n prong A prawn (?).
    • prong To stab with or as with a fork.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prong prong the spike of a fork or similar instrument: one of several points or projections, as on an antler
    • v.t Prong to stab with a prong
    • n Prong the prong-buck or cabrit, the American antelope
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. prangen, to pinch, press, LG. prange, a stick, or W. procio, to thrust, E. prowl, pang,

Usage

In literature:

In other cases a hook or prong is bent to change the spring tension.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
They were provided by the fishermen with long two-pronged spears.
"The Cat of Bubastes" by G. A. Henty
Move the slide somewhat toward the end of the prongs, and repeat.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
At the same time two of the spiky prongs of one antler ripped a long gash down his opponent's flank.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Ump bent the prongs of the fork against his plate.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
A white beam pronged down into the darkness, felt around and flicked off.
"Hawk Carse" by Anthony Gilmore
In the absence of a repeller a smooth, round, fork handle may be used, the prongs having been removed from the other end.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
This deep fiord has two great prongs.
"Alaska Days with John Muir" by Samual Hall Young
Even in the wild fly there is a three pronged mark on the thorax present in many individuals.
"A Critique of the Theory of Evolution" by Thomas Hunt Morgan
On these prongs she hands us the toast.
"Letters from China and Japan" by John Dewey
He is no man for a pewter spoon and two-pronged fork!
"The Redskins; or, Indian and Injin, Volume 1." by James Fenimore Cooper
But as yet they had not sighted that wonderful six-pronged buck which Step Hen was to lay low.
"The Boy Scouts in the Maine Woods" by Herbert Carter
A little prong in the handle of the toy had started out and pierced me.
"Room Number 3" by Anna Katharine Green
The kopanitschar caught him round the neck between the prongs of the fork, and pinned him fast to the ground.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
But pray don't speak as if every word were a prong in a watchwheel.
"Joseph in the Snow, and The Clockmaker" by Berthold Auerbach
The poor little man was on the prongs of a toasting fork, and he knew it.
"The Dual Alliance" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
Three prongs reaching upward from the base engaged the receiver tightly, fitting closely about it.
"The Social Gangster" by Arthur B. Reeve
He who followed stooped frequently and, with a two-pronged instrument, picked up objects from the pavement.
"The Book of Gud" by Dan Spain
Samuel Prong was the ministering clergyman.
"Rachel Ray" by Anthony Trollope
The two prongs placed into the sockets on the can so as to hold the can firm.
"Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper" by Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
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In poetry:

An' merry haÿ-meäkers do ride
Vrom vield in zummer wi' their prongs,
In my blue waggon, zide by zide
Upon the reäves, a-zingèn zongs.
"The Carter" by William Barnes
Against the swart magnolias' sheen
Pronged maples, like a stag's new horn,
Stand gouted red upon the green,
In March when shaggy buds are shorn.
"Carolina Spring Song" by William Hervey Allen Jr
Yes, when the stars glisten'd,
All night long, on the prong of a moss-scallop'd stake,
Down, almost amid the slapping waves,
Sat the lone singer, wonderful, causing tears.
"Sea-Shore Memories" by Walt Whitman
Come with prong, and come with fork,
Like the devil of their talk,
And with wildly rattling sound,
Prowl the desert rocks around!
Screechowl, owl,
Join in chorus with our howl!
"The First Walpurgis-Night" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Oh with what Joy my Delia to behold,
I'd press the Spade, or wield the weighty Prong,
Guide the slow Plough-share thro' the stubborn Mold,
And patient goad the loit'ring Ox along:
"Elegy VII" by James Hammond
There's Meäry so modest, an' Jenny so smart,
An' Mag that do love a good rompse to her heart;
There's Joe at the mill that do zing funny zongs,
An' short-lagged Dick, too, a-waggèn his prongs.
"Zummer Evenèn Dance" by William Barnes

In news:

DNI's Two- Pronged Response to DOJ Release.
A Two- Pronged Push To Aid Ailing Banks.
Two- Pronged Challenge: Storing Large Amounts of Data for the Long Term.
Storage / Two- Pronged Challenge: Storing Large Amounts of Data for the Long Term.
Wildcats rushers provide multi- pronged attack yards, first, phillips, wildcats, one, third, down, yard, duro, good.
HPs 2.0- Pronged Attack on Print.
A method to inspect process streams developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Wash. Takes a double- pronged approach to spotting foreign objects.
Two- Pronged Front Frames Server Plans.
Hyundai is taking a two-pronged approached with its redesigned Santa Fe SUV, offering it in two- and three-row configurations.
Wall Hawks have 3-prong attack.
It wasn't that long ago really, perhaps 2004 or 2005, when the most common arrow rest was made of two simple metal prongs, or some variation thereof.
Ryan has a two-pronged proposal for tax reform.
A three-pronged formula can create immediate jobs.
GM Exec Takes Three-Pronged Approach to Rebuilding Brand.
HUD takes three-pronged approach to improve IT projects.
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In science:

To overcome this obstacle, we used a two-pronged approach.
Satisfiability and computing van der Waerden numbers
Both CDF and DZero measure the cross section times branching ratio for Z → τ + τ − using events where one tau decays leptonically and the other tau follows a one-prong hadronic decay.
Tevatron Electroweak Results and Electroweak Summary
The tau pair yield is measured using one prong tau decays (t→ ℓnℓnt and t→ h(np0)nt) which represent about 75% of total tau decays, and applying event selection criteria similar to those used in an earlier measurement of their branching fractions at CLEO .
Test of lepton universality and search for lepton flavor violation in Upsilon(1S,2S,3S) decays at CLEO
The c.m. momenta reconstructed from identification of 1-prong K ± → µν, ππ0 decay vertices in the DC peak around the expected values with a resolution of 1–1.5 MeV, thus allowing clean and efficient K ∓ tagging.
KLOE results on kaon decays and summary status of Vus
One-prong decay vertices of K ± are then selected in the DCH and the photons coming from π0 decay are identified from TOF using the associated clusters in the EMC.
KLOE results on kaon decays and summary status of Vus
One can obtain t∗ from the K ± track length in 1-prong kaon decays, properly accounting for kaon energy loss in each track segment Li : t∗ = Pi Li/(βiγi c).
KLOE results on kaon decays and summary status of Vus
The three prongs extend to infinity: these are the ultra-spinning regimes in which one spin is much larger than the other two.
Black Holes in Higher Dimensions
The prong along ji becomes asymptotical ly of the form |jk | + |jl | ≤ f (ji ), i.e., the same shape as the five-dimensional diagram fig. 2(a). (b) d = 8: ultra-spinning regimes exist in which two spins are much larger than the third one.
Black Holes in Higher Dimensions
The recovery of the three-prong decays is essential to make the base selection independent of the decay mode, and allow the use of higher level techniques to further suppress the background.
Reconstruction and Identification of Hadronic Decays of Taus using the CMS Detector
The τ -jet collection will allow 3-prong τ ’s.
THE TOOLS AND MONTE CARLO WORKING GROUP Summary Report from the Les Houches 2009 Workshop on TeV Colliders
The F-theory 10s can instead be thought of as 3-pronged strings which are bound states of F and D strings that are able to form string junctions.
Models of Particle Physics from Type IIB String Theory and F-theory: A Review
Solid: Visible τ τ mass distribution for 3-prong τ decays.
SUSY Before the Next Lepton Collider
One possible approach is to require two 3-prong hadronic τ ’s to maximize the visible τ τ mass and hence its sensitivity to the endpoint analogous to that discussed in Section VII.D.
SUSY Before the Next Lepton Collider
The CLEO measurement , thus makes a selection of 1-prong 1-prong τ + τ − decays as a starting point for their analysis.
Summary on tau Leptonic Branching Ratios and Universality
Finally, for the values q = 3, 4, one can observe prongs on the left-most part of B that are reminiscent of analogous prongs whose endpoints were determined from analyses of low-temperature series expansions for the infinite 2D square lattice in .
Exact Potts Model Partition Function for Strips of the Square Lattice
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