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Meaning of FORK

Pronunciation:  fork

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of branching out or dividing into branches
  2. [n]  cutlery used for serving and eating food
  3. [n]  an agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs
  4. [n]  the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk
  5. [n]  a part of a forked or branching shape; "he broke off one of the branches"; "they took the south fork"
  6. [v]  shape like a fork; "She forked her fingers"
  7. [v]  divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; "The road forks"
  8. [v]  place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy chess pieces
  9. [v]  lift with a pitchfork; "pitchfork hay"

FORK is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: branch, branch, branching, crotch, forking, furcate, leg, pitchfork, ramification, ramification, ramify, separate
 See Also: aggress, angle, arborise, arborize, attack, bifurcate, bifurcation, bifurcation, body, brachium, branch out, broaden, carving fork, cutlery, divarication, diverge, diversify, division, eating utensil, fibrillation, forking, form, furcation, hayfork, lift, organic structure, physical structure, prong, salad fork, shape, subfigure, tablefork, tine, toasting fork, tool, trifurcate, trifurcation, twig



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fork\ (f[^o]rj), n. [AS. forc, fr. L. furca. Cf.
    {Fourch['e]}, {Furcate}.]
    1. An instrument consisting of a handle with a shank
       terminating in two or more prongs or tines, which are
       usually of metal, parallel and slightly curved; -- used
       from piercing, holding, taking up, or pitching anything.
    2. Anything furcate or like a fork in shape, or furcate at
       the extremity; as, a tuning fork.
    3. 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.
             Let it fall . . . though the fork invade The region
             of my heart.                          --Shak.
             A thunderbolt with three forks.       --Addison.
    4. The place where a division or a union occurs; the angle or
       opening between two branches or limbs; as, the fork of a
       river, a tree, or a road.
    5. The gibbet. [Obs.] --Bp. Butler.
    {Fork beam} (Shipbuilding), a half beam to support a deck,
       where hatchways occur.
    {Fork chuck} (Wood Turning), a lathe center having two prongs
       for driving the work.
    {Fork head}.
       (a) The barbed head of an arrow.
       (b) The forked end of a rod which forms part of a knuckle
    {In fork}. (Mining) A mine is said to be in fork, or an
       engine to ``have the water in fork,'' when all the water
       is drawn out of the mine. --Ure.
    {The forks of a river} or {a road}, the branches into which
       it divides, or which come together to form it; the place
       where separation or union takes place.
  2. \Fork\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Forked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To shoot into blades, as corn.
             The corn beginneth to fork.           --Mortimer.
    2. To divide into two or more branches; as, a road, a tree,
       or a stream forks.
  3. \Fork\, v. t.
    To raise, or pitch with a fork, as hay; to dig or turn over
    with a fork, as the soil.
          Forking the sheaves on the high-laden cart. --Prof.
    {To fork} {over or out}, to hand or pay over, as money.
       [Slang] --G. Eliot.
Computing Dictionary

A unix system call used by a process (the "parent") to make a copy (the "child") of itself. The child process is identical to the parent except it has a different process identifier and a zero return value from the fork call. It is assumed to have used no resources.

A fork followed by an exec can be used to start a different process but this can be inefficient and some later Unix variants provide vfork as an alternative mechanism for this.

See also fork bomb.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a fork in your dream means an extension of your reach. You are setting forth in pursuing your goals. Alternatively, it may be a pun on "fork it over". Do you feel that you are being coerced or forced? Dreaming of being stabbed with a fork indicates that you are too picky with the ideas/suggestions presented to you. Seeing someone Seeing or eating with a fork indicates that all his present worries will be cleared up through the help of a friend.
Thesaurus Terms
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