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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a fork in the road (=a place where a road goes in two different directions)
▪ We had to ask for directions each time we got to a fork in the road.
a road forks (=starts going ahead in two different directions)
▪ At Salen, the road forks right and left.
carving fork
forked lightning (=lightning that appears as lines connected to each other)
▪ Forked lightning spread across the sky.
forked lightning
toasting fork
tuning fork
▪ Turn left before Reindeer House and follow the road through the gate, taking the left fork soon after.
▪ After about two miles, I take the left fork and keep to the principal route.
▪ She pulled hard on the wheel and took the left fork.
▪ Where this branches, take the left hand fork and where this road branches, bear right.
▪ Keep to left fork after 1/4 mile.
▪ As you pass Baal Hill Farm, take the left fork of the track and head for the trees.
▪ Eventually it splits, with the left fork going to Shore Creek.
▪ When the track splits at a sign warning of incoming tides, take the left fork towards the shore.
▪ Pointing to the right fork, he passed her the stick.
▪ The right fork heads more directly to the beach and we follow that.
▪ Take the right fork to a clearing on the right of the road and take track on the left.
▪ Take the right fork at the Square and Compass and after the stone houses cross the stile on the right.
▪ Take the right fork signed White Creek.
▪ Emily had turned towards the fire, holding the fork up to the flames, toasting a slice of bread.
▪ Madeleine picked up her fork and began to eat.
▪ Then we click our glasses, pick up our forks, and fall to.
▪ She picked up her fork and got a one-inch square of pancake off his plate.
▪ Turn left before Reindeer House and follow the road through the gate, taking the left fork soon after.
▪ He carried his beer over to the stove and pushed her lightly away, after taking the fork out of her hand.
▪ She pulled hard on the wheel and took the left fork.
▪ Where this branches, take the left hand fork and where this road branches, bear right.
▪ After about two miles, I take the left fork and keep to the principal route.
▪ After the next corner, the road divided, and Sabine took the right-hand fork.
▪ Cross field and when track divides at edge of wood take right-hand fork.
▪ knives, forks, and spoons
▪ the middle fork of the Klamath River
▪ Turn left at the fork in the road.
▪ If brining fatty birds such as goose and duck, puncture skin lightly with a fork.
▪ Lift ginger with a fork on to the sugar and turn, coating well.
▪ Maybe he'd never used a knife and fork.
▪ My friend puts down her fork and looks me in the eye.
▪ Remember that garden fork he borrowed?
▪ She walked a few feet and stabbed at the earth with the fork.
▪ Philip put his knife and fork down.
▪ As he recounted the story at the Northridge restaurant, he put his knife and fork down and paused to gather himself.
speak with forked tongue
▪ The governor has been known to speak with forked tongue.
▪ Anna forked some more potatoes onto her plate.
▪ Certainly nothing I could easily fork oyer, and clearly, no one else will offer to do it.
▪ I crossed a railroad overpass and reached a bunch of shacks where two highways forked off, both for Denver.
▪ Taxpayers have forked over $ 1. 1 billion in interest payments.
▪ The filaments themselves are forked at various places and often meander wildly.
▪ The tail is deeply forked and ends in fine points.
▪ Then with a wave she forked left and was gone.
▪ These sums, unsurprisingly, are forked out by the taxpayer.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bracket \Brack"et\, n. [Cf. OF. braguette codpiece, F. brayette, Sp. bragueta, also a projecting mold in architecture; dim. fr. L. bracae breeches; cf. also, OF. bracon beam, prop, support; of unknown origin. Cf. Breeches.]

  1. (Arch.) An architectural member, plain or ornamental, projecting from a wall or pier, to support weight falling outside of the same; also, a decorative feature seeming to discharge such an office.

    Note: This is the more general word. See Brace, Cantalever, Console, Corbel, Strut.

  2. (Engin. & Mech.) A piece or combination of pieces, usually triangular in general shape, projecting from, or fastened to, a wall, or other surface, to support heavy bodies or to strengthen angles.

  3. (Naut.) A shot, crooked timber, resembling a knee, used as a support.

  4. (Mil.) The cheek or side of an ordnance carriage.

  5. (Print.) One of two characters [], used to inclose a reference, explanation, or note, or a part to be excluded from a sentence, to indicate an interpolation, to rectify a mistake, or to supply an omission, and for certain other purposes; -- called also crotchet.

  6. A gas fixture or lamp holder projecting from the face of a wall, column, or the like.

  7. (Gunnery) A figure determined by firing a projectile beyond a target and another short of it, as a basis for ascertaining the proper elevation of the piece; -- only used in the phrase, to establish a bracket. After the bracket is established shots are fired with intermediate elevations until the exact range is obtained. In the United States navy it is called fork.

    Bracket light, a gas fixture or a lamp attached to a wall, column, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "to divide in branches, go separate ways," also "disagree, be inconsistent," from fork (n.). Transitive meaning "raise or pitch with a fork" is from 1812. Related: Forked; forking. The slang verb phrase fork (something) over is from 1839 (fork out) "give over" is from 1831). Forking (n.) in the forensic sense "disagreement among witnesses" is from c.1400.


Old English forca, force "pitchfork, forked instrument, forked weapon," from a Germanic borrowing (Old Frisian forke, Dutch vork, Old Norse forkr, Danish fork) of Latin furca "pitchfork; fork used in cooking," a word of uncertain origin. Old English also had forcel "pitchfork." From c.1200 as "forked stake or post" (as a gallows or prop).\n

\nTable forks are said to have been not used among the nobility in England until 15c. and not common until early 17c. The word is first attested in this sense in English in an inventory from 1430, probably from Old North French forque (Old French furche, Modern French fourche), from the Latin word. Of rivers, from 1753; of roads, from 1839. As a bicycle part from 187

  1. As a chess attack on two pieces simultaneously by one (usually a knight), it dates from 1650s. In old slang, forks "the two forefingers" is from 181


n. 1 A pronged tool having a long straight handle, used for digging, lifting, throwing etc. 2 (context obsolete English) A gallows. 3 A utensil with spikes used to put solid food into the mouth, or to hold food down while cutting. 4 A tuning fork. 5 An intersection in a road or path where one road is split into two. 6 One of the parts into which anything is furcated or divided; a prong; a branch of a stream, a road, etc.; a barbed point, as of an arrow. 7 A point where a waterway, such as a river, splits and goes two (or more) different directions. 8 (context geography English) Used in the names of some river tributary, e.g. West Fork White River and East Fork White River, joining together to form the White River of Indiana 9 (context figuratively English) A point in time where one has to make a decision between two life paths. 10 (context chess English) The simultaneous attack of two adversary pieces with one single attacking piece (especially a knight). 11 (context computer science English) A splitting-up of an existing process into itself and a child process execute parts of the same program. 12 (context computer science English) An event where development of some free software or open-source software is split into two or more separate projects. 13 (context British English) crotch. 14 (context colloquial English) A forklift. 15 The individual blades of a forklift. 16 In a bicycle, the portion holding the front wheel, allowing the rider to steer and balance. vb. 1 To divide into two or more branches. 2 (context transitive English) To move with a fork (as hay or food). 3 (context computer science English) To spawn a new child process in some sense duplicate the existing process. 4 (context computer science English) To split a (software) project into several projects. 5 (context computer science English) To split a (software) distributed version control repository 6 (context British English) To kick someone in the crotch. 7 To shoot into blades, as corn does.

  1. v. lift with a pitchfork; "pitchfork hay" [syn: pitchfork]

  2. place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy pieces

  3. divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; "The road forks" [syn: branch, ramify, furcate, separate]

  4. shape like a fork; "She forked her fingers"

  1. n. cutlery used for serving and eating food

  2. the act of branching out or dividing into branches [syn: branching, ramification, forking]

  3. a part of a forked or branching shape; "he broke off one of the branches"; "they took the south fork" [syn: branch, leg, ramification]

  4. an agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs

  5. the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk [syn: crotch]

Fork (system call)

In computing, particularly in the context of the Unix operating system and its workalikes, fork is an operation whereby a process creates a copy of itself. It is usually a system call, implemented in the kernel. Fork is the primary (and historically, only) method of process creation on Unix-like operating systems.

Fork (disambiguation)

A fork is a utensil for eating and cooking.

Fork may also refer to:

Fork (road)
  1. redirect Intersection (road)#Fork
Fork (chess)

In chess, a fork is a tactic whereby a single piece makes two or more direct attacks simultaneously. Most commonly two pieces are threatened, which is also sometimes called a double attack. The attacker usually aims to gain material by capturing one of the opponent's pieces. The defender often finds it difficult to counter two or more threats in a single move. The attacking piece is called the forking piece; the pieces attacked are said to be forked. A piece that is defended can still said to be forked if the forking piece has a lower value.

Besides attacking pieces, a target of a fork can be a direct mating threat (for example, attacking an unprotected knight while simultaneously setting up a battery of queen and bishop to threaten mate). Or a target can be an implied threat (for example, a knight may attack an unprotected piece while simultaneously threaten to fork queen and rook).

Forks are often used as part of a combination which may involve other types of chess tactics as well.


As a piece of cutlery or kitchenware, a fork is a tool consisting of a handle with several narrow tines on one end. The fork is a primarily Western utensil, whereas in east Asia chopsticks have been more prevalent. Today, forks are increasingly available throughout east Asia. The usually metal utensil is used to lift food to the mouth or to hold ingredients in place while they are being cut by a knife. Food can be lifted either by spearing it on the tines or by holding it on top of the tines, which are often curved slightly. A fork is shaped in the form of a trident but curved at the joint of the handle to the points.

The early history of the fork is obscure. As a kitchen and dining utensil it is generally believed to have originated in the Roman Empire, as proved by archaeological evidences. The personal table fork most likely originated in the Eastern Roman (or Byzantine) Empire. Its use spread to what is now the Middle East during the first millennium AD and then spread into southern Europe during the second millennium. It did not become common in northern Europe until the 18th century and was not common in North America until the 19th century.

Fork (software development)

In software engineering, a project fork happens when developers take a copy of source code from one software package and start independent development on it, creating a distinct and separate piece of software. The term often implies not merely a development branch, but a split in the developer community, a form of schism.

Free and open-source software is that which, by definition, may be forked from the original development team without prior permission without violating copyright law. However, licensed forks of proprietary software (e.g. Unix) also happen.

Fork (file system)

In a computer file system, a fork is a set of data associated with a file system object. File systems without forks only allow a single such set of data for the contents, while file systems with forks allow multiple such contents. Every non-empty file must have at least one fork, often of default type, and depending on the file system, a file may have one or more other associated forks, which in turn may contain primary data integral to the file, or just metadata. Unlike extended attributes, a similar file system feature which is typically of fixed size, forks can be of variable size, possibly even larger than the file's primary data fork. The size of a file is the sum of the sizes of each fork. Forks are also known as streams, since they are of variable size (unlike fixed size metadata), but this differs from .

Usage examples of "fork".

Ali Aga was bringing all the plates, knives and forks in the neighborhood.

With a forked stick he took the beaker from the ashes and placed it in the annealing oven.

Flake with a fork, and mix with Bechamel Sauce to which has been added the yolks of four eggs well-beaten, half a cupful of grated Parmesan cheese, and lemon-juice and grated nutmeg to season.

The exception is when the forks run parallel after bifurcating and then diverge.

But the Great Mahlke had started down a path resembling that tunnel-like, overgrown, thorny, and birdless path in Oliva Castle Park, which had no forks or byways but was nonetheless a labyrinth.

Two miles further on, at a fork in the road, he met a Bondel riding on a donkey.

These borers often attack at a fork and their tunnel entrances are covered with a coating of droppings held together with silk webbing.

X-frames instead of bothering to find forked twigs of the proper size and angle.

SheVa had headed down the Little Tennessee River to where it was joined by Cader Creek then headed up that valley to rendezvous with its reload group on Cader Fork.

It was a long journey by horseback across the Taiga region of Ulus to the forks of Sube off the Chagan Sea, and then an even longer trek southward into the mountains themselves.

With a snap of the wrist, Cilia held out a twisted, melted piece of resin that had once been a fork.

Below them, the main fork of the little Coquille River rushed westward under the shattered skeletons of broken bridges before meeting its north and south branches under the morning shadow of Sugarloaf Peak.

From the tip of its long, crocodilian snout, a yard of pink, forked tongue flicked out.

They claim to have all the cutlery we need, but people never have enough forks.

Beyond the boundaries of her place lay the cutlery to be shared: the suckett forks, condiment spoons, Sugar shells, mote spoons, pickle forks, butter picks, nut picks, cheese scoops, horseradish spoons, and various others, not to be confused with the soup ladles, fish slicers, jelly servers, snuff spoons, and wick scissors to be wielded by the servants.