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FORK, n. [L. furca.]

1. an instrument consisting of a handle, and a blade of metal, divided into two or more points or prongs, used for lifting or pitching any thing; as a tablefork for feeding; a pitchfork; a dungfork, &c. forks are also made of ivory, wood or other material.

2. A point; as a thunderbolt with three forks. Shakespeare uses it for the point of an arrow.

3. Forks, in the plural, the point where a road parts into two; and the point where a river divides, or rather where two rivers meet and unite in one stream. Each branch is called a fork.

FORK, v.i.

1. To shoot into blades, as corn.

2. to divide into two; as, a road forks.

FORK, v.t.

1. to raise or pitch with a fork, as hay.

2. To dig and break ground with a fork.

3. To make sharp; to point.



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FORK, n. [L. furca.]

1. an instrument consisting of a handle, and a blade of metal, divided into two or more points or prongs, used for lifting or pitching any thing; as a tablefork for feeding; a pitchfork; a dungfork, &c. forks are also made of ivory, wood or other material.

2. A point; as a thunderbolt with three forks. Shakespeare uses it for the point of an arrow.

3. Forks, in the plural, the point where a road parts into two; and the point where a river divides, or rather where two rivers meet and unite in one stream. Each branch is called a fork.

FORK, v.i.

1. To shoot into blades, as corn.

2. to divide into two; as, a road forks.

FORK, v.t.

1. to raise or pitch with a fork, as hay.

2. To dig and break ground with a fork.

3. To make sharp; to point.

FORK, n. [Sax. forc; D. vork; W. forc; Fr. fourche; Arm. fork; Sp. horca; Port. and It. forca; L. furca.]

  1. An instrument consisting of a handle, and a blade of metal, divided into two or more points or prongs, used for lifting or pitching any thing; as, a tablefork for feeding; a pitchfork; a dungfork, &c. Forks are also made of ivory, wood, or other material.
  2. A point; as, a thunderbolt with three forks. Shakespeare uses it for the point of an arrow.
  3. Forks, in the plural, the point where a road parts into two; and the point where a river divides, or rather where two rivers meet and unite in one stream. Each branch is called a fork.

FORK', v.i.

  1. To shoot into blades, as corn. Mortimer.
  2. To divide into two; as, a road forks.

FORK, v.t.

  1. To raise or pitch with a fork, as hay.
  2. To dig and break ground with a fork.
  3. To make sharp; to point.

Fork
  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 for piercing, holding, taking up, or pitching anything.
  2. To shoot into blades, as corn.

    The corn beginneth to fork. Mortimer.

  3. 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.

  4. Anything furcate or like a fork in shape, or furcate at the extremity; as, a tuning fork.
  5. To divide into two or more branches] as, a road, a tree, or a stream forks.
  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.

    Let it fall . . . though the fork invade
    The region of my heart.
    Shak.

    A thunderbolt with three forks. Addison.

  7. 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.
  8. 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.

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Fork

FORK, noun [Latin furca.]

1. an instrument consisting of a handle, and a blade of metal, divided into two or more points or prongs, used for lifting or pitching any thing; as a tablefork for feeding; a pitchfork; a dungfork, etc. forks are also made of ivory, wood or other material.

2. A point; as a thunderbolt with three forks. Shakespeare uses it for the point of an arrow.

3. Forks, in the plural, the point where a road parts into two; and the point where a river divides, or rather where two rivers meet and unite in one stream. Each branch is called a fork

FORK, verb intransitive

1. To shoot into blades, as corn.

2. to divide into two; as, a road forks.

FORK, verb transitive

1. to raise or pitch with a fork as hay.

2. To dig and break ground with a fork

3. To make sharp; to point.

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