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[ fawrk ]


    1. an instrument having two or more prongs or tines, for holding, lifting, etc., such as a utensil for handling food or any of various agricultural tools.
    2. something resembling or suggesting this in form.
  1. a division into branches or the point where this division occurs:

    Bear left at the fork in the road.

    There’s a fork in the decision-making process for these two types of problem.

  2. either of the branches into which a thing divides:

    The right fork will also get you to our farm, but by a longer route.

  3. a principal tributary of a river.
  4. Machinery. yoke 1( def 9 ).
  5. Horology. (in a lever escapement) the divided end of the lever engaging with the ruby pin.
  6. the support of the front wheel axles of a bicycle or motorcycle, having two parallel prongs.
  7. the barbed head of an arrow.

verb (used with object)

  1. to pierce, raise, pitch, dig, etc., with a fork:

    I forked 50 bales into the hay wagon today.

    If you fork your lawn, the soil will absorb water more readily.

  2. to make into the form of a fork.
  3. Chess. to maneuver so as to place (two opponent's pieces) under simultaneous attack by the same piece:

    She managed to fork my rook and queen, and I lost the rook.

  4. Computers. to copy the source code from (a piece of software) and develop a new version independently, resulting in two unique pieces of software:

    They forked the app and added another module.

verb (used without object)

  1. to divide into branches:

    Turn left where the road forks.

  2. to turn as indicated at a fork in a road, path, etc.:

    Fork left and continue to the top of the hill.

verb phrase

  1. Informal. to hand over; deliver; pay:

    Fork over the money you owe me!


/ fɔːk /


  1. 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
  2. an agricultural tool consisting of a handle and three or four metal prongs, used for lifting, digging, etc
  3. a pronged part of any machine, device, etc
  4. of a road, river, etc
    1. a division into two or more branches
    2. the point where the division begins
    3. such a branch
  5. the main tributary of a river
  6. chess a position in which two pieces are forked


  1. tr to pick up, dig, etc, with a fork
  2. tr chess to place (two enemy pieces) under attack with one of one's own pieces, esp a knight
  3. tr to make into the shape of a fork
  4. intr to be divided into two or more branches
  5. to take one or other branch at a fork in a road, river, etc

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Derived Forms

  • ˈforkful, noun

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Other Words From

  • fork·less adjective
  • fork·like adjective
  • un·fork verb (used with object)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fork1

First recorded before 1000; Middle English forke, Old English forca, from Latin furca fork, gallows, yoke

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fork1

Old English forca , from Latin furca

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Example Sentences

Mash the feta and tomatoes with a fork and mix until evenly combined.

That fork may not be worth $100 unless you have an emotional connection to it.

With them, he could use a fork and a knife at the same time to feed himself.

You need access to your arms to eat, and a blanket will either slide off your back or down into your lap when you reach for a fork.

From Eater

Right now, we’re sitting with a plate of tangled spaghetti — worrisome political trends that knot together in ways that almost ensure if you’re slurping up one of them, you’ll end up with another on the end of your fork.

For an article in the Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology, the author must fork over $650 for “handling.”

In pot with boiling water, cook potatoes for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.

It is messy enough to be fork-food for all but the most dexterous eater.

Brienne demands the deformed, less savage Clegane brother fork her over, but he refuses, hell-bent on receiving his bounty.

Other times, if you take me out to a good restaurant, I can eat with a fork and keep my elbows off the table.

Pearson flung his knife and fork at it, having forgotten to drop those light weapons when he leaped up.

She had forced herself to eat most of her soup, and now she was picking the flaky bits of a court bouillon with her fork.

Gilbert made a great clatter with his knife and fork, to conceal the laugh that he could not repress.

Among others, an Abb thrice lifted his fork to his mouth, and thrice laid it down, with an eager stare of surprise.

The coals for the smiths I have also ordered, and the same for the engine to fork the first lift.


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