What does forked mean?

Definitions for forked
fɔrkt, ˈfɔr kɪdforked

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bifurcate, biramous, branched, forked, fork-like, forficate, pronged, prongyadjective

    resembling a fork; divided or separated into two branches

    "the biramous appendages of an arthropod"; "long branched hairs on its legson which pollen collects"; "a forked river"; "a forked tail"; "forked lightning"; "horseradish grown in poor soil may develop prongy roots"

  2. double, forkedadjective

    having two meanings with intent to deceive

    "a sly double meaning"; "spoke with forked tongue"


  1. forkedadjective

    That splits into two or more directions, or parts.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Forkedadjective

    Opening into two or more parts.

    Etymology: from fork.

    When he was naked he was, for all the world, like a forked radish, with a head fantastically carved upon it with a knife. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    Sometimes we see a cloud that’s dragonish,
    A forked mountain, or blue promontory. William Shakespeare.

    Come, shall we go and kill us venison?
    And yet it irks me the poor dappled fools
    Should, in their own confines, with forked heads,
    Have their round haunches goar’d. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    He would have spoke;
    But hiss for hiss return’d, with forked tongue
    To forked tongue. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x.

    Ye dragons, whose contagious breath
    Peoples the dark retreats of death,
    Change your fierce hissing into joyful song,
    And praise your maker with your forked tongue. Wentworth Dillon.


  1. forked

    Forked generally refers to something that splits or divides into two or more branches or parts, similar to the shape of a fork. It can be used in various contexts, including describing physical objects, roads, or abstract concepts such as diverging ideas or the development of two or more versions in software applications.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forked

    of Fork

  2. Forkedadjective

    formed into a forklike shape; having a fork; dividing into two or more prongs or branches; furcated; bifurcated; zigzag; as, the forked lighting

  3. Forkedadjective

    having a double meaning; ambiguous; equivocal

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. forked

    1. [common after 1997, esp. in the Linux community] An open-source software project is said to have forked or be forked when the project group fissions into two or more parts pursuing separate lines of development (or, less commonly, when a third party unconnected to the project group begins its own line of development). Forking is considered a Bad Thing — not merely because it implies a lot of wasted effort in the future, but because forks tend to be accompanied by a great deal of strife and acrimony between the successor groups over issues of legitimacy, succession, and design direction. There is serious social pressure against forking. As a result, major forks (such as the Gnu-Emacs/XEmacs split, the fissionings of the 386BSD group into three daughter projects, and the short-lived GCC/EGCS split) are rare enough that they are remembered individually in hacker folklore. 2. [Unix; uncommon; prob.: influenced by a mainstream expletive] Terminally slow, or dead. Originated when one system was slowed to a snail's pace by an inadvertent fork bomb.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forked in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forked in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of forked in a Sentence

  1. Franz Thalhammer:

    A dirndl is something nice, it can make almost anyone pretty. But some of the dresses you see these days are crazy, you go in a tent and it's full of paralytic Australians and Italians and they've forked out €250 ($290) for a complete Bavarian outfit and think they're Bavarians. It's as if I'd walk around half-naked and say I'm Australian.

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