What does fork mean?

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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"


  1. forknoun

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

  2. forknoun

    A gallows.

  3. forknoun

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

  4. forknoun

    A tuning fork.

  5. forknoun

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

  6. forknoun

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

  7. forknoun

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

  8. forknoun

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

  9. forknoun

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

  10. forkverb

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

  11. forkverb

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

  12. forkverb

    To split a (software) project into several projects.

  13. forkverb

    To kick someone in the crotch.

  14. forknoun

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

  15. forknoun


  16. forknoun

    A forklift.

  17. forknoun

    The individual blades of a forklift.

  18. forknoun

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

  19. 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FORKnoun

    Etymology: furca, Latin; fforch, Welsh; fourche, French.

    At Midsummer down with the brembles and brakes,
    And after abroad with thy forks and thy rakes. Thomas Tusser, Husb.

    The vicar first, and after him the crew,
    With forks and staves the felon to pursue,
    Ran Coll our dog. John Dryden, Nun’s Priest.

    I dine with forks that have but two prongs. Jonathan Swift.

    The bow is bent and drawn: make from the shaft.
    —— Let it fall rather, though the fork invade
    The region of my heart. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Several are amazed at the wisdom of the ancients that represented a thunderbolt with three forks, since nothing could have better explained its triple quality of piercing, burning, and melting. Joseph Addison, on ancient Medals.

  2. To Forkverb

    To shoot into blades, as corn does out of the ground.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The corn beginneth to fork. John Mortimer, Husbandry.


  1. Fork

    In cutlery or kitchenware, a fork (from Latin: furca 'pitchfork') is a utensil, now usually made of metal, whose long handle terminates in a head that branches into several narrow and often slightly curved tines with which one can spear foods either to hold them to cut with a knife or to lift them to the mouth.

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

  2. Forknoun

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

  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

  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

  5. Forknoun

    the gibbet

  6. Forkverb

    to shoot into blades, as corn

  7. Forkverb

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

  8. Forkverb

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

  9. Etymology: [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

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  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. Jasen Dixon:

    We had a little zombie figure and threw him in the pond and we thought we needed to take a picture of it and post it on my buddy (Dustin Smith’s) Facebook page, he pretended he was camping at East Fork and ran across a body frozen in the ice. We messed with people and everyone was falling for it.

  2. Stephen Winyard:

    To fork out 100,000 pounds out of my net income, having paid the higher rate of tax, would be difficult, it's probably more affordable if it's done through the company.

  3. Robert Kushner:

    It's slowing down, putting Rosen Clifford fork down... planning what Rosen Clifford're eating in advance and being cognizant of portion sizes.

  4. Doug Heye:

    Republicans are coming to a fork in the road -- and the question is -- whether or not they will take it, there are a lot of people who wanted to fight -- all we could do is fight Obama, fight the Democrats nonstop. Or do we have a strategy of not just throwing punches but landing punches?

  5. English Proverb:

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

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