Webster 1913 Edition
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.
Anything furcate or like a fork in shape, or furcate at the extremity;
as, a tuning.
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.
Let it fall . . . though the
The region of my heart.
The region of my heart.
A thunderbolt with three
The place where a division or a union occurs; the angle or opening between two branches or limbs;
forkof a river, a tree, or a road
a half beam to support a deck, where hatchways occur.–
a lathe center having two prongs for driving the work.–
The barbed head of an arrow.
The forked end of a rod which forms part of a knuckle joint.–
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.
The forks of a riveror
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.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To shoot into blades, as corn.
The corn beginneth to
To divide into two or more branches;
as, a road, a tree, or a stream.
To raise, or pitch with a fork, as hay; to dig or turn over with a fork, as the soil.
Forkingthe sheaves on the high-laden cart.
To fork over
To fork out
to hand or pay over, as money; to
Webster 1828 Edition
1.an instrument consisting of a handle, and a blade of metal, divided into two or more points or prongs, used for lifting or pitching any thing; as a tablefork for feeding; a pitchfork; a dungfork, &c. forks are also made of ivory, wood or other material.
2.A point; as a thunderbolt with three forks. Shakespeare uses it for the point of an arrow.
3.Forks, in the plural, the point where a road parts into two; and the point where a river divides, or rather where two rivers meet and unite in one stream. Each branch is called a fork.
1.To shoot into blades, as corn.
2.to divide into two; as, a road forks.
1.to raise or pitch with a fork, as hay.
2.To dig and break ground with a fork.
3.To make sharp; to point.
See also: förk.
fork (plural forks)
- A pronged tool having a long straight handle, used for digging, lifting, throwing etc.
- (obsolete) A gallows.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Joseph Butler to this entry?)
- A utensil with spikes used to put solid food into the mouth, or to hold food down while cutting.
- A tuning fork.
- An intersection in a road or path where one road is split into two.
- When you come to a fork in the road, take it - Yogi Berra
- 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.
- a thunderbolt with three forks.
- A point where a waterway, such as a river, splits and goes two (or more) different directions.
- (geography) Used in the names of some river tributaries, e.g. West Fork White River and East Fork White River, joining together to form the White River of Indiana
- (figuratively) A point in time where one has to make a decision between two life paths.
- (chess) The simultaneous attack of two adversary pieces with one single attacking piece (especially a knight).
- (computer science) A splitting-up of an existing process into itself and a child process executing parts of the same program.
- (computer science) An event where development of some free software or open-source software is split into two or more separate projects.
- (Britain) Crotch.
- (colloquial) A forklift.
- Are you qualified to drive a fork?
- The individual blades of a forklift.
- (cycling) In a bicycle, the portion of the frameset holding the front wheel, allowing the rider to steer and balance.
- The fork can be equipped with a suspension on mountain bikes.
gallows — see gallows
tuning fork — see tuning fork
point where a waterway splits
figurative: point in time of making a decision
chess: simultaneous attack
computer science: splitting of a process
computer science: splitting of a project
UK: crotch — see crotch
forklift — see forklift
fork (third-person singular simple present forks, present participle forking, simple past and past participle forked)
- To divide into two or more branches.
- A road, a tree, or a stream forks.
- (transitive) To move with a fork (as hay or food).
- Prof. Wilson
- forking the sheaves on the high-laden cart
- Prof. Wilson
- (computer science) To spawn a new child process in some sense duplicating the existing process.
- (computer science) To split a (software) project into several projects.
- (computer science) To split a (software) distributed version control repository
- (Britain) To kick someone in the crotch.
- To shoot into blades, as corn does.
- The corn beginneth to fork.
- Euphemistic form of ****.
to divide into two or more branches
to move with fork
computer science: to spawn a new child process
computer science: to split a software project
to kick someone in the crotch
to shoot into blades, as corn
From Old Norse forkr (“boathook”), from Latin furca (“fork, pitchfork”).
- IPA(key): /fɔrk/, [fɒːɡ̊]
fork c (singular definite forken, plural indefinite forke)
Inflection of fork
- IPA(key): /fɔrk/
From English fork in the computer science sense. Cognate to Dutch vork (“fork”).
fork f (plural forks, diminutive forkje n)
- (computer science) A fork, splitting-up of an existing process into itself and a child process executing parts of the same program.