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English Dictionary: fork by the DICT Development Group
7 results for fork
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. cutlery used for serving and eating food
  2. the act of branching out or dividing into branches
    Synonym(s): branching, ramification, fork, forking
  3. the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches; "they took the south fork"; "he climbed into the crotch of a tree"
    Synonym(s): fork, crotch
  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
    Synonym(s): crotch, fork
  1. lift with a pitchfork; "pitchfork hay" [syn: pitchfork, fork]
  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"
    Synonym(s): branch, ramify, fork, furcate, separate
  4. shape like a fork; "She forked her fingers"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Bracket \Brack"et\, n. (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}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Fork \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Fork \Fork\ (f[ocir]rj), n. [AS. forc, fr. L. furca. Cf.
      {Fourch[82]}, {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 [bd]have the water in fork,[b8] 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Fork \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.

From U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]:
   Fork, MD
      Zip code(s): 21051
   Fork, SC
      Zip code(s): 29543

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      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}.
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