• WordNet 3.6
    • adj pronged resembling a fork; divided or separated into two branches "the biramous appendages of an arthropod","long branched hairs on its legson which pollen collects","a forked river","a forked tail","forked lightning","horseradish grown in poor soil may develop prongy roots"
    • adj pronged having prongs or tines; usually used in combination "a three-tined fork"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Pronged Having prongs or projections like the tines of a fork; as, a three-pronged fork.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pronged having prongs
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Nasalised form of Prov. Eng. prog, to prick—W. procio; cf. Gael. brog, to goad, brog, an awl.


In literature:

Then he turned back and took up a huge slice of meat, which had been skewered on the prongs of a long stick.
"Camp-fire and Wigwam" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
The illegally taking of salmon, under night, by means of torches and spears with barbed prongs.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Why are two prongs of the brazen ram twisted and broken?
"The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Then he brought bread, a measure of wine, an iron spoon, and a two-pronged fork.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
One had an old pitchfork with but one prong.
"Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
All the women used the small prongs of the antlers.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
The key is then turned over, winding up a little of the string, and the prongs slipped over the main cord.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
Never use the prongs of your fork for prying open tops of cans, extracting corks, etc.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Then one man has a rake too heavy for him, and another a prong too light.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
It had six prongs, and each prong was barbed.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
Now this trident was a magical three-pronged spear, with which the owner could still the waves in their wildest fury.
"Harper's Young People, April 20, 1880" by Various
Put 'em in sea-suits, gave 'em shears and grappling prongs.
"Under Arctic Ice" by H.G. Winter
On ordinary occasions, we used the three-pronged steel fork which is now rarely seen.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
On he came, and, waiting his time, Phil once more plunged the prongs deep into his chest, where they remained fast.
"A Gallant Grenadier" by F.S. Brereton
It was a trident, which had three prongs, and was a symbol of Neptune.
"Harper's Round Table, September 10, 1895" by Various
Each of the prongs beats the air in opposite directions at the same time.
"The Telephone" by A. E. Dolbear
The long trigger should have a short prong left or a nail driven in it to prevent the game from getting the bait off too easy.
"Mink Trapping" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
When these traps are used, they should be fitted with a heavy chain of suitable length, and a pronged drag.
"Science of Trapping" by Elmer Harry Kreps
The bait should be tied on or the bait trigger may have a prong on to hold the bait.
"Deadfalls and Snares" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Thorn prongs, as sharp as needles and two and three inches in length, grow on some trees.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray

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
Every flake with all its prongs and dints
Burns ecstatic as a new-lit star:
Men are not more diverse, finger prints
More dissimilar than snow-flakes are.
"Snow" by John Davidson
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:

Obama's two- pronged economic problem.
Obama camp launches multi- pronged attack on Romney's record at Bain Capital.
John Edwards endures two- pronged trial, testing his morals and his actions.
Johnson Controls' Three- Pronged Secret.
HUD takes three- pronged approach to improve IT projects.
Mayor's three- pronged proposal for school funding.
Philly tries a three- pronged approach.
Syfy's Two- Pronged Rebrand Strategy.
Three- Pronged Approach Brings Businesses to Y2K Site.
Administration Urges Multi- Pronged Effort to Stop School Bullies.
The Celtics' three-pronged attack was too much for the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night.
John Edwards endures two-pronged trial, testing his morals and his actions.
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.

In science:

Figure 3.7: Output visualization of a multi-prong neutrino event in “quasi-current” mode. [Top] The raw data from collection and induction wire planes.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
The drift coordinate is in the vertical axis and the wires in the horizontal axis. (Top): The raw data of some prong particles from a neutrino (DIS) interaction.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
In both foliations the hyperbolic singularities are 4-pronged singularities.
On transversally simple knots
All 1-prong and 3-prong cones4 with a minimum momentum of 5 % of the beam momentum are then sub jected to a likelihood classification in order to identify the decay mode of the two τ leptons using the same procedure as in .
A measurement of the tau mass and the first CPT test with tau leptons
We use a righthanded coordinate system with the z-axis pointing in the direction of the electron beam and the x-axis pointing towards the center of LEP. 4A 1- or 3-prong cone is a cone containing 1 or 3 charged tracks.
A measurement of the tau mass and the first CPT test with tau leptons
The need for this multi-pronged approach is evident enough.
Conference Summary: Mapping the Hidden Universe
Phase 2 of the analysis, with relaxed cuts for the ντ interaction, including three-prong decays, is in progress.
Experimental Summary
Furthermore, including the τ to 3-prong decays in a small cone in the core of the calorimetric jet, the event rate for A, H → τ τ → 2 τ j ets is enhanced by a factor of ∼1.7.
Summary of the CMS Discovery Potential for the MSSM SUSY Higgses
The rejection factor against the QCD jets degrades by a factor of ∼ 3 when the 3-prong decays are included.
Summary of the CMS Discovery Potential for the MSSM SUSY Higgses
The signal can be strongly enhanced against the background from W → τ ν decays exploiting the τ polarization in the one-prong τ → π± (π0 )ν decays .
Summary of the CMS Discovery Potential for the MSSM SUSY Higgses
In this case the most promising signature corresponds to 1-prong hadronic decay of the τ ’s . A remarkable prediction of the SUGRA model is the polarization of τ coming from the ˜τ1 decay (58).
Higgs and SUSY Searches at LHC : An Overview
The use of the τ polarisation from H ± → ν τ decay allows to suppress the backgrounds from t¯t, W tb, W → τ ν since due to spin correlations, the single pion from a one-prong τ decay is harder when it originates from an H ± than from a W .
Search for new physics at LHC
The other τ dominantly decays into one charged particle and any number of neutrals (1-prong) with a branching fraction of 85.35% .
Search for neutrinoless decays tau -> lhh and tau -> lV0
We select 3-prong vs. 1-prong topology events, i.e. three charged tracks are in one hemisphere and one charged track in the other.
Search for neutrinoless decays tau -> lhh and tau -> lV0
In signal events, it is possible to reconstruct a τ mass from the missing momentum, 1-prong charged track momentum and all momenta of photons on the tag side, since there is no neutrino emission from the signal decays.
Search for neutrinoless decays tau -> lhh and tau -> lV0