[ fawrk ]
/ fɔrk /
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.
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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!
Pore Over vs. Pour OverSince pour is a common word and sounds identical to pore, many English speakers use the verb pour in the verb phrase pore over meaning “to meditate or ponder intently.”
Origin of fork
before 1000; Middle English forke, Old English forca < Latin furca fork, gallows, yoke
Related formsfork·less, adjectivefork·like, adjectiveun·fork, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for fork over
/ (fɔːk) /
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
Derived Formsforkful, noun
Word Origin for fork
Old English forca, from Latin furca
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Idioms and Phrases with fork over
Also, fork out or up. Hand over, pay up. For example, It's time you forked over what you owe, or He forked out a hundred for that meal, or Fork up or we'll sue. [Slang; early 1800s]
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