Pronunciation: fôrk
n.1.An instrument consisting of a handle with a shank terminating in two or more prongs or tines, which are usually of metal, parallel and slightly curved; - used for piercing, holding, taking up, or pitching anything.
2.Anything furcate or like a fork in shape, or furcate at the extremity; as, a tuning fork.
3.One of the parts into which anything is furcated or divided; a prong; a branch of a stream, a road, etc.; a barbed point, as of an arrow.
Let it fall . . . though the fork invade
The region of my heart.
- Shak.
4.The place where a division or a union occurs; the angle or opening between two branches or limbs; as, the fork of a river, a tree, or a road.
5.The gibbet.
Fork beam
(Shipbuilding) a half beam to support a deck, where hatchways occur.
Fork chuck
(Wood Turning) a lathe center having two prongs for driving the work.
Fork head
a - The barbed head of an arrow.
b - The forked end of a rod which forms part of a knuckle joint.
In fork
(Mining) A mine is said to be in fork, or an engine to "have the water in fork," when all the water is drawn out of the mine.
The forks of a river
the branches into which it divides, or which come together to form it; the place where separation or union takes place.
- Ure.
v. i.1.To shoot into blades, as corn.
[imp. & p. p. Forked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Forking.]
The corn beginneth to fork.
- Mortimer.
2.To divide into two or more branches; as, a road, a tree, or a stream forks.
v. t.1.To raise, or pitch with a fork, as hay; to dig or turn over with a fork, as the soil.
To fork over
to hand or pay over, as money; to cough up.
- G. Eliot.
Noun1.fork - cutlery used for serving and eating food
2.fork - the act of branching out or dividing into branches
3.fork - a part of a forked or branching shape; "he broke off one of the branches"; "they took the south fork"
Synonyms: ramification, branch, leg
4.fork - an agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs
5.fork - the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk
Synonyms: crotch
Verb1.fork - lift with a pitchfork; "pitchfork hay"
Synonyms: pitchfork
2.fork - place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy pieces
3.fork - divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; "The road forks"
4.fork - shape like a fork; "She forked her fingers"
(operating system)fork - A Unix system call used by a process (the "parent") to make a copy (the "child") of itself. The child process is identical to the parent except it has a different process identifier and a zero return value from the fork call. It is assumed to have used no resources.

A fork followed by an exec can be used to start a different process but this can be inefficient and some later Unix variants provide vfork as an alternative mechanism for this.

See also fork bomb.
To see a fork in your dream, signifies an extension of your reach. You are setting forth in pursuing your goals. Alternatively, it may be a pun on "fork it over". Do you feel that you are being coerced or forced? To dream of being stabbed with a fork, indicates that you are too picky with the ideas/suggestions presented to you. To see someone eating with a fork, denotes that all his present worries will be cleared up through the help of a friend.L, V, affluent, angle, angle off, apex, bail, bayou, bend, bifurcate, bifurcation, bight, billabong, bine, bisect, bough, bowl, branch, branch out, branchedness, branchiness, bucket, burgeon, by two, cant, cast, catapult, chevron, chuck, chunk, cleave, coin, confluent, confluent stream, corner, crank, crook, crotch, crotchet, crutch, cup, cut in two, cutlery, dart, dash, deadwood, decant, deflection, delta, dendritic drainage pattern, dichotomize, dimidiate, dining utensils, dip, dish, dish out, dish up, divaricate, divide, dogleg, effluent, elbow, ell, fan, feeder, fire, fission, flagellum, flat silver, flatware, fling, flip, forks, frond, furcate, furcation, furcula, furculum, groin, halve, heave, hollow ware, hook, hurl, hurtle, in half, inflection, inguen, jerk, knee, knives, ladle, lance, launch, let fly, limb, lob, nook, offshoot, pass, peg, pelt, pitch, pitchfork, point, pour, prong, put, put the shot, quoin, ramage, ramification, ramify, runner, sarment, scion, scoop, serve, shoot, shovel, shy, silver, silver plate, silverware, sling, slip, snap, spade, spear, split in two, spoon, spoons, spray, sprig, sprit, sprout, stainless-steel ware, stem, stolon, subdivide, sucker, swerve, switch, tablespoon, tableware, teaspoon, tendril, thallus, throw, tilt, toss, transect, tributary, trident, trifurcate, twig, veer, vertex, wishbone, zag, zig, zigzag
Translate Fork to Spanish, Translate Fork to German, Translate Fork to French
-- Fork --
Fork beam
fork bomb
Fork chuck
Fork head
Fork in the Road
fork out
fork over
fork up
Fork-tailed flycatcher
Fork-tailed gull
Fork-tailed kite
Forked counsel
forked lightning
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