verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of fork
Examples from the Web for forking
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of forking
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 division into two or more branches
- the point where the division begins
- such a branch
Word Origin 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.