What does FORK mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fork(noun)

    cutlery used for serving and eating food

  2. branching, ramification, fork, forking(noun)

    the act of branching out or dividing into branches

  3. fork, crotch(noun)

    the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches

    "they took the south fork"; "he climbed into the crotch of a tree"

  4. fork(noun)

    an agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs

  5. crotch, fork(verb)

    the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk

  6. pitchfork, fork(verb)

    lift with a pitchfork

    "pitchfork hay"

  7. fork(verb)

    place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy pieces

  8. branch, ramify, fork, furcate, separate(verb)

    divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork

    "The road forks"

  9. fork(verb)

    shape like a fork

    "She forked her fingers"


  1. fork(Noun)

    A pronged tool having a long straight handle, used for digging, lifting, throwing etc.

  2. fork(Noun)

    A gallows.

  3. fork(Noun)

    A utensil with spikes used to put solid food into the mouth, or to hold food down while cutting.

  4. fork(Noun)

    A tuning fork.

  5. fork(Noun)

    An intersection in a road or path where one road is split into two.

  6. fork(Noun)

    A point where a waterway, such as a river, splits and goes two (or more) different directions.

  7. fork(Noun)

    A point in time where one has to make a decision between two life paths.

  8. fork(Noun)

    The simultaneous attack of two adversary pieces with one single attacking piece (especially a knight).

  9. fork(Noun)

    A splitting-up of an existing process into itself and a child process executing parts of the same program.

  10. fork(Verb)

    To move with a fork (as hay or food).

  11. fork(Verb)

    To spawn a new child process in some sense duplicating the existing process.

  12. fork(Verb)

    To split a (software) project into several projects.

  13. fork(Verb)

    To kick someone in the crotch.

  14. fork(Noun)

    An event where development of some free software or open-source software is split into two or more separate projects.

  15. fork(Noun)


  16. fork(Noun)

    A forklift.

  17. fork(Noun)

    The individual blades of a forklift.

  18. fork(Noun)

    In a bicycle, the portion holding the front wheel, allowing the rider to steer and balance.

  19. Origin: From forke, from force, forca, from furkōn, from furca, of uncertain origin. The word was later reinforced by forque (= Old French forche whence French fourche), also from the Latin. Cognate also with forck, vork, fork, Forke. Displaced native gafol, geafel, geafle, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fork(noun)

    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 from piercing, holding, taking up, or pitching anything

  2. Fork(noun)

    anything furcate or like a fork in shape, or furcate at the extremity; as, a tuning fork

  3. Fork(noun)

    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

  4. Fork(noun)

    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. Fork(noun)

    the gibbet

  6. Fork(verb)

    to shoot into blades, as corn

  7. Fork(verb)

    to divide into two or more branches; as, a road, a tree, or a stream forks

  8. Fork(verb)

    to raise, or pitch with a fork, as hay; to dig or turn over with a fork, as the soil

  9. Origin: [AS. forc, fr. L. furca. Cf. Fourch, Furcate.]


  1. Fork

    As a piece of cutlery or kitchenware, a fork is a tool consisting of a handle with several narrow tines on one end. The fork as an eating utensil has been a feature primarily of the West, whereas in East Asia chopsticks have been more prevalent. Today, forks are increasingly available throughout East Asia. The utensil is used to lift food to the mouth or to hold ingredients in place while cooking or cutting those things. Food can be lifted either by spearing it on the tines, or by holding it on top of the tines, which are often curved slightly. For this former function, in the American style of fork etiquette, the fork is held with tines curving up; however, in European style, the fork is held with the tines curving down. A fork is also shaped in the form of a trident but curved at the joint of the handle to the points. Though the fork's early history is obscure, the fork as a kitchen and dining utensil is generally believed to have originated in the Roman Empire, or perhaps in Ancient Greece. The personal table fork most likely originated in the Eastern Roman, or Byzantine, Empire. Its use spread to what is now the Middle East during the first millennium CE and then spread into southern Europe during the second millennium. It did not become common in northern Europe until the 18th century and was not common in North America until the 19th century.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fork

    fork, n. an instrument with two or more prongs at the end: one of the points or divisions of anything fork-like: the bottom of a sump into which the water of a mine drains—also Forcque: (pl.) the branches into which a road or river divides, also the point of separation.—v.i. to divide into two branches: to shoot into blades, as corn.—v.t. to form as a fork: to pitch with a fork: to bale a shaft dry.—n. Fork′-chuck, a forked lathe-centre used in wood-turning.—adjs. Forked, Fork′y, shaped like a fork.—adv. Fork′edly.—ns. Fork′edness, Fork′iness; Fork′er; Fork′head, the forked end of a rod in a knuckle-joint or the like; Fork′-tail, a fish with forked tail: the kite.—Fork out, over (slang), to hand or pay over. [A.S. forca—L. furca.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. fork

    In the open-source community, a fork is what occurs when two (or more) versions of a software package's source code are being developed in parallel which once shared a common code base, and these multiple versions of the source code have irreconcilable differences between them. This should not be confused with a development branch, which may later be folded back into the original source code base. Nor should it be confused with what happens when a new distribution of Linux or some other distribution is created, because that largely assembles pieces than can and will be used in other distributions without conflict.Forking is uncommon; in fact, it is so uncommon that individual instances loom large in hacker folklore. Notable in this class were the Emacs/XEmacs fork, the GCC/EGCS fork (later healed by a merger) and the forks among the FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD operating systems.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FORK' in Nouns Frequency: #2947


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of FORK in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of FORK in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Stanisław Jerzy Lec:

    Is it progress if a cannibal uses a fork?

  2. Yogi Berra:

    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

  3. Stanislaw Lec:

    Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork

  4. English Proverb:

    Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.

  5. Paul Hames:

    If you come to a fork in the road. Pick it up and throw it away.

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