Fork
Fork Fork (f[^o]rk), n. [AS. forc, fr. L. furca. Cf. {Fourch['e]}, {Furcate}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything furcate or like a fork in shape, or furcate at the extremity; as, a tuning fork. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Let it fall . . . though the fork invade The region of my heart. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

A thunderbolt with three forks. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

5. The gibbet. [Obs.] --Bp. Butler. [1913 Webster]

{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. --Ure.

{The forks of a river} or {The forks of a road}, the branches into which it divides, or which come together to form it; the place where separation or union takes place. [1913 Webster]


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  • fork — fork·able; fork; fork·er; fork·ful; fork·i·ness; fork·less; fork·man; pick·fork; un·fork; pitch·fork; fork·ed·ly; fork·ed·ness; …   English syllables

  • fork — [fɔːk ǁ fɔːrk] verb fork out something phrasal verb [intransitive, transitive] informal to spend a lot of money on something, not because you want to but because you have to; =SHELL OUT: • Even more embarrassingly for the struggling bank, it had… …   Financial and business terms

  • fork — [fôrk] n. [ME forke < OE forca & Anglo Fr forque (Fr fourche), both < L furca, two pronged fork] 1. an instrument of greatly varying size with a handle at one end and two or more pointed prongs at the other: forks are variously used as… …   English World dictionary

  • Fork — У этого термина существуют и другие значения, см. Форк (значения). В Unix системах, fork()  системный вызов, создающий новый процесс( потомок), который является почти точной копией процесса( родителя), выполняющего этот вызов. Между… …   Википедия

  • Fork — Fork, v. t. To raise, or pitch with a fork, as hay; to dig or turn over with a fork, as the soil. [1913 Webster] Forking the sheaves on the high laden cart. Prof. Wilson. [1913 Webster] {To fork over} {To fork out}, to hand or pay over, as money; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fork — ► NOUN 1) an implement with two or more prongs used for lifting or holding food. 2) a pronged farm or garden tool used for digging or lifting. 3) each of a pair of supports in which a bicycle or motorcycle wheel revolves. 4) the point where a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Fork — Fork, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Forked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forking}.] 1. To shoot into blades, as corn. [1913 Webster] The corn beginneth to fork. Mortimer. [1913 Webster] 2. To divide into two or more branches; as, a road, a tree, or a stream forks.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fork. — fork. fork. (fork. for forkortelse el. forkortet) …   Dansk ordbog

  • fork — index bifurcate, split, spread Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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