What does fork mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fork.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. forknoun

    cutlery used for serving and eating food

  2. branching, ramification, fork, forkingnoun

    the act of branching out or dividing into branches

  3. fork, crotchnoun

    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. forknoun

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

  5. crotch, forkverb

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

  6. pitchfork, forkverb

    lift with a pitchfork

    "pitchfork hay"

  7. forkverb

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

  8. branch, ramify, fork, furcate, separateverb

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

    "The road forks"

  9. forkverb

    shape like a fork

    "She forked her fingers"

Wiktionary

  1. forknoun

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

    Etymology: 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 .

  2. forknoun

    A gallows.

    Etymology: 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 .

  3. forknoun

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

    Etymology: 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 .

  4. forknoun

    A tuning fork.

    Etymology: 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 .

  5. forknoun

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

    Etymology: 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 .

  6. forknoun

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

    Etymology: 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 .

  7. forknoun

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

    Etymology: 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 .

  8. forknoun

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

    Etymology: 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 .

  9. forknoun

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

    Etymology: 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 .

  10. forkverb

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

    Etymology: 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 .

  11. forkverb

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

    Etymology: 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 .

  12. forkverb

    To split a (software) project into several projects.

    Etymology: 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 .

  13. forkverb

    To kick someone in the crotch.

    Etymology: 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 .

  14. forknoun

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

    Etymology: 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 .

  15. forknoun

    Crotch.

    Etymology: 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 .

  16. forknoun

    A forklift.

    Etymology: 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 .

  17. forknoun

    The individual blades of a forklift.

    Etymology: 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 .

  18. forknoun

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

    Etymology: 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. Forknoun

    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

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

  2. Forknoun

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

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

  3. Forknoun

    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

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

  4. Forknoun

    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

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

  5. Forknoun

    the gibbet

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

  6. Forkverb

    to shoot into blades, as corn

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

  7. Forkverb

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

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

  8. Forkverb

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

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

Freebase

  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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of fork in a Sentence

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    We can drink soup with a fork, it will only take long time! As long as we are patient, we can drink it even with a tiny pin!

  2. Kendra Chapman:

    You'll have a spread of food, and one thing might be completely safe, but they'll have something at the other end of the table that's not, and people will use the same spoon or the same fork, and now I really can't eat it.

  3. Rachel Blanchard:

    The child gets two confusing messages when a parent tells him which is the right fork to use, and then proceeds to use the wrong one. So does the child who listens to parents bicker and fuss, yet is told to be nice to his brothers and sisters.

  4. Adam Green:

    Moderate Democrats will face a fork in the road when it comes to the issue of bipartisanship, on many issues, a majority of Republican voters support a position that zero Republican politicians in Washington are willing to vote for. At that moment does bipartisanship mean cutting an unpopular deal with corrupt out-of-touch politicians like [ Senate Majority Leader ] Mitch McConnell ? Another option is rally the public and... we hope that's where [ Biden ] goes.

  5. Jo Morely:

    We need government to take an overall approach to say that what we are going to do is bring an end to all plastic pollution, and what we're going to do is drastically reduce the amount of all single-use products, not just a fork followed by a spoon followed by a cup.

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    • A. proprietary
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