- an instrument having two or more prongs or tines, for holding, lifting, etc., as an implement for handling food or any of various agricultural tools.
- something resembling or suggesting this in form.
- tuning fork.
- Machinery. yoke1(def 9).
- a division into branches.
- the point or part at which a thing, as a river or a road, divides into branches: Bear left at the fork in the road.
- either of the branches into which a thing divides.
- Horology. (in a lever escapement) the forked end of the lever engaging with the ruby pin.
- a principal tributary of a river.
- the support of the front wheel axles of a bicycle or motorcycle, having the shape of a two-pronged fork.
- the barbed head of an arrow.
- to pierce, raise, pitch, dig, etc., with a fork.
- to make into the form of a fork.
- Chess. to maneuver so as to place (two opponent's pieces) under simultaneous attack by the same piece.
- Digital Technology to copy (the source code) from a piece of software and develop a new version independently, with the result of producing two unique pieces of software.
- to divide into branches: Turn left where the road forks.
- to turn as indicated at a fork in a road, path, etc.: Fork left and continue to the top of the hill.
- fork over/out/up, Informal. to hand over; deliver; pay: Fork over the money you owe me!
Origin of fork
Examples from the Web for fork
For an article in the Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology, the author must fork over $650 for “handling.”No, Stem Cells Don't Cause Autism
September 11, 2014
In pot with boiling water, cook potatoes for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship
July 26, 2014
Other times, if you take me out to a good restaurant, I can eat with a fork and keep my elbows off the table.Anthony Bourdain Will ‘Try Anything Once’—but He Isn’t Calling in Sick
April 11, 2014
In medium size bowl, using a fork, blend together eggs, Parmesan, salt, and pepper.Cat Cora’s Valentine’s Day Menu for Single People
February 13, 2014
By Barbara Brody for Life by DailyBurn Sometimes the best medicine can be found at the end of a fork.6 Healthy Foods to Fight the Flu, Beat Stress and More
February 5, 2014
The morning of the 24th we reached the Loup fork of the Platte.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
But he didn't pay the postage on his own letter, so that I had to fork out double.In the Midst of Alarms
It was only when coming back, carving knife and fork in hand, that she spoke again.The Secret Agent
Probe it with a fork, and do not take it up till it is tender throughout.
Turn them frequently with a pair of steak-tongs, or with a knife and fork.
- a small usually metal implement consisting of two, three, or four long thin prongs on the end of a handle, used for lifting food to the mouth or turning it in cooking, etc
- an agricultural tool consisting of a handle and three or four metal prongs, used for lifting, digging, etc
- a pronged part of any machine, device, etc
- (of a road, river, etc)
- a division into two or more branches
- the point where the division begins
- such a branch
- mainly US the main tributary of a river
- chess a position in which two pieces are forked
- (tr) to pick up, dig, etc, with a fork
- (tr) chess to place (two enemy pieces) under attack with one of one's own pieces, esp a knight
- (tr) to make into the shape of a fork
- (intr) to be divided into two or more branches
- to take one or other branch at a fork in a road, river, etc
Word Origin and History for fork
Old English forca "forked instrument used by torturers," a Germanic borrowing (cf. Old Norse forkr) from Latin furca "pitchfork; fork used in cooking," of uncertain origin.
Table forks were not generally used in England until 15c. The word is first attested in this sense in English in a will of 1463, probably from Old North French forque (Old French furche, Modern French fourche), from the Latin word. Of rivers, from 1753; of roads, from 1839.
"to divide in branches, go separate ways" (early 14c.), from fork (n.). Related: Forked; forking. The slang verb phrase fork up (or out) "give over" is from 1831.