fork

noun
\ ˈfȯrk How to pronounce fork (audio) \

Definition of fork

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an implement with two or more prongs used especially for taking up (as in eating), pitching, or digging
2 : a forked part, tool, or piece of equipment
3a : a division into branches or the place where something divides into branches
4 : one of the branches into which something forks
5 : an attack by one chess piece (such as a knight) on two pieces simultaneously

fork

verb
forked; forking; forks

Definition of fork (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to divide into two or more branches where the road forks
2a : to use or work with a fork
b : to turn into a fork

transitive verb

1 : to give the form of a fork to forking her fingers
2 : to attack (two chessmen) simultaneously
3 : to raise, pitch, dig, or work with a fork fork hay
4 : pay, contribute used with over, out, or up had to fork over $5000

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Other Words from fork

Noun

forkful \ ˈfȯrk-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce forkful (audio) \ noun

Verb

forker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fork

Synonyms: Verb

branch (out), diverge, divide, part, separate, spread

Antonyms: Verb

converge, join

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Examples of fork in a Sentence

Noun

a fork in the road the north fork of the river the front fork of a bicycle

Verb

The road forks to the north and south. They forked the hay into the loft.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Making granita is as simple as putting together a syrup or puree, and then doing a few rounds of freezing and scraping with a fork to get a fluffy texture, no ice cream machine required! Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Got a fork and a freezer? Here are 6 recipes for granita, summer’s simplest refresher.," 8 June 2019 When our homemade chips ran out finished the ceviche with a fork. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "First Look: Tacos, ceviche and tamales at Oakland’s new La Guerrera’s Kitchen," 6 June 2019 Heat until boiling, reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender and pierce easily with a fork. Roxanne Wyss, kansascity, "For Olathe cook, these pierogies are a holiday treat. But you can make them any time," 4 June 2019 In a small bowl, mash the blue cheese and the mayonnaise with a fork. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 In a small bowl, lightly whisk together the olive oil, vinegar and salt with a fork. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "How to Host a Gorgeous Summer Dinner Party Without Cooking," 22 June 2018 Korbee suggesting scrambling with a fork instead of a whisk because a whisk tends to incorporate more air—which could make the eggs too foamy and bubbly and the overall texture too airy. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "6 Tips to Make Perfect Scrambled Eggs," 3 May 2019 Return the pan to the oven and cook until a fork easily shreds the meat, 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours more. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 Open them up, grab some forks, and try to guess what each item is. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Fun Challenges to Play With Your Friends," 27 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The hard part about forking Android isn't replicating the Play Store and getting an email client. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "After $5 billion EU antitrust fine, Google will start charging for Android apps," 17 Oct. 2018 Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Early Riders One question for the success of Waymo One is whether Early Riders will be willing to start forking over money for the service. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Riding in Waymo One, the Google spinoff’s first self-driving taxi service," 5 Dec. 2018 Another on the site is trying to get a buyer to fork over a whopping $507,000. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Hold On, Is the Princess Diana Beanie Baby Really Worth Six Figures?," 3 Nov. 2018 If there is a charge and that other person will be driving, this is the time to fork over the extra money just to be safe. Catharine Hamm, latimes.com, "What you need to know about your driver's license and your car rental before you hit the road," 21 May 2018 Even with pay, interns will still be forced to fork over much of the $10,000 required for a summer internship, a sum that isn’t in the cards for many. Audrey Henson, Vox, "Diversity on Capitol Hill starts with paying interns," 26 Dec. 2018 Ringside tickets to Wrestlemania can cost more than $700, and fans who want to sit front row at an upcoming NJPW show in San Francisco will need to fork over $300. Brandon Howard, chicagotribune.com, "7 things to know about 'All In' – the huge indie wrestling show coming to the Chicago area," 12 May 2018 Now, a lot of people in Hollywood are going to fork out millions in the midterms, obviously, with the hope to win both houses and impeach. Fox News, "Psychologist says Americans are suffering from 'Trump Anxiety Disorder'," 31 July 2018 And for those who don't want to fork out $99 per ticket, per day, not to mention a four-hour drive from Orange County — no worries. Joe Haakenson, latimes.com, "Riding artificial waves in the middle of farm country," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of fork

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for fork

Noun

Middle English forke, from Old English & Anglo-French; Old English forca & Anglo-French furke, from Latin furca

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The first known use of fork was before the 12th century

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fork

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fork

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small tool with two or more pointed parts (called prongs or tines) used for picking up and eating food
: a garden tool with two or more prongs used for lifting and digging soil
: a place where something (such as a road or river) divides into two parts

fork

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fork (Entry 2 of 2)

of a road, river, etc. : to divide into two parts
informal : to pay or give (money)
: to lift or throw (something) with a fork

fork

noun
\ ˈfȯrk How to pronounce fork (audio) \

Kids Definition of fork

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an implement having a handle and two or more prongs for taking up (as in eating), pitching, or digging
2 : a forked part or tool
3 : the place where something divides or branches a fork in the road
4 : one of the parts into which something divides or branches the left fork

fork

verb
forked; forking

Kids Definition of fork (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to divide into branches Drive to where the road forks.
2 : to pitch or lift with a fork

fork

noun
\ ˈfȯ(ə)rk How to pronounce fork (audio) \

Medical Definition of fork

1 : a forked part, tool, or piece of equipment — see tuning fork
2 : the lower part of the human body where the legs diverge from the trunk usually including the legs

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