- 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 forking
Murdoch bought the Journal at a major loss in 2007, forking over about $5 billion.JP Morgan Losses, Barclays’s Bad Bet: It’s a Bad Day for Banks
June 28, 2012
Just beneath at the first forking of the boughs a candle burned.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
Bifurcation: a forking or division into two: the point at which a forking occurs.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Do some of us still hesitate at this forking of the roads, irresolute?Quiet Talks on Power
A forking of the road supplied a new subject for discussion.From the Car Behind
Eleanor M. Ingram
I knew the buck by his greater size and forking horns, which the does want.The War Trail
- 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 forking
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.