Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thin, pointed, projecting part: a pitchfork with four prongs.
  • n. A branch; a fork: the two prongs of a river.
  • transitive v. To pierce with or as if with a thin, pointed, projecting part.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thin, pointed, projecting part.
  • n. A branch; a fork.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sharp-pointed instrument.
  • n. The tine of a fork, or of a similar instrument.
  • n.
  • n. A sharp projection, as of an antler.
  • n. The fang of a tooth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stab with or as with a fork.
  • n. A pang.
  • n. 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. A hay-fork.
  • n. A fork or branch of a stream or inlet.
  • n. A prawn (?).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pointed projection

Etymologies

Middle English pronge, pointed instrument, pain, from Medieval Latin pronga, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English pronge, perhaps from Middle Low German prange ("stick, restraining device"), from prangen ("to press, pinch"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)preng (“to wrap up, constrict”), akin to Lithuanian springstù ("to choke, become choked or obstructed"), Latvian sprañgât ("cord, constrict"), Ancient Greek σπαργανόω (sparganóō, "to swaddle"), σπάργανον (spárganon, "swaddling cloth"). (Wiktionary)

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  • This reminds me of my Latin dictionary, in high school. For the word facio, one of the definitions was simply

    9. (obscene)

    October 6, 2009

  • Can a woman prong a man?

    October 6, 2009