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

Misc. Definitions

\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 joint. {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.
\Fork\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Forked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forking}.]
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.
\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. Wilson. {To fork} {over or out}, to hand or pay over, as money. [Slang] --G. Eliot.

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