fork

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noun

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
3
a
: 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
forkful noun

fork

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verb

forked; forking; forks

intransitive verb

1
: to divide into two or more branches
where the road forks
2
a
: 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
forker noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Bake in a 425°F oven for about 30 minutes, or until tender enough to pierce with a fork. Colleen Weeden, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Feb. 2024 No trendy or costly ingredients went into her one-pot dishes, no spices beyond salt and pepper, no sauces other than homemade bechamel, mayonnaise or vinaigrette whisked up quickly with a fork. Jamie Schler, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Check on it every half-hour at first, and when ice crystals begin to form along the sides, use a fork to gently scrape them inward to the middle. Ellise Pierce, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 Roll out dough and cut into six narrow triangles; poke a few holes in each triangle with a fork. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 Yet a collector with sights set on obtaining one of these iconic vehicles will quickly come to a fork in the road, having to decide between the Gullwing and Roadster versions. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 30 Jan. 2024 Using a fork and a knife, halve the chile, then remove the stem and scrape the seeds off. Pati Jinich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Jan. 2024 The Price of Salt By Highsmith, Patricia Nevada, by Imogen Binnie When Maria’s girlfriend, Steph, drops shocking news about their relationship over brunch, Maria’s dull reaction is to line up five beans in a row on her fork and eat them. Emma Copley Eisenberg, The Atlantic, 23 Jan. 2024 Gal, his brother, and his friend leapt into their car and came to a fork in the road. David Harsanyi, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024
Verb
In Louisiana and Florida, for example, where severe weather events have become increasingly common over the past several years, drivers are forking over the largest share of their paychecks toward their car insurance than drivers in any other state — an average of 6.53% and 5.69% respectively. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 5 Feb. 2024 Then a guy forked over a huge, airy popover with strawberry butter. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Warren Buffett, a close friend of Gates’, has also forked over $35.7 billion of his $125 billion fortune. Dylan Sloan, Fortune, 25 Jan. 2024 The law is in response to longtime renter complaints that they are required to fork over huge sums just to start a lease. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Jan. 2024 About 125 donors gathered around a swimming pool, including Morris, who forked over $2,800 to attend. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 10 Jan. 2024 Chef Matthew Lightner, an alum of Atera, has literal boots on the ground overseeing the operation from seed to fork. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 28 Dec. 2023 Back in summer 2022, Pattinson forked out $5.3 million for a gated property previously owned by the Grammy-winning musician Beck. James McClain, Robb Report, 16 Dec. 2023 LeCroy is seen holding a bowl and fork while wearing a baggy white T-shirt and black pants, while Randle sports the University of North Carolina muscle tank, blue basketball shorts and temporary tattoos to replicate Lachey’s tattoos. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Fork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fork. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

fork

1 of 2 noun
1
: a tool with two or more prongs used especially for taking up (as in eating), pitching, or digging
2
: a forked part or tool
3
a
: a dividing into branches or the place where something divides into branches
a fork in the road
b
: a branch of a fork
take the left fork

fork

2 of 2 verb
1
: to divide into two or more branches
the road forks
2
: to raise or pitch with a fork
fork hay
3
: to give the form of a fork to
forked her fingers
4
: pay entry 1 sense 2, contribute
had to fork over $100
forker noun

Medical Definition

fork

noun
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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