\ ˈfȯrkt How to pronounce forked (audio) , ˈfȯr-kəd How to pronounce forked (audio) \

Definition of forked

1 : resembling a fork especially in having one end divided into two or more branches or points forked lightning
2 : shaped like a fork or having a forked part a forked road

Examples of forked in a Sentence

a bird with a deeply forked tail the forked tongue of a snake
Recent Examples on the Web The shooter stands partially protected by a small, forked tree. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "Why You Shouldn’t Shoot a Refrigerator Full of Tannerite," 6 June 2017 Her delay in recounting it, her interest in recalling it now, to cast herself as a martyr when her poll numbers have sagged, and her record of speaking with forked tongue make the story dubious. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 23 Jan. 2020 Among the changes are a proposal to allow hunters in Western Oregon to take any buck with a visible antler instead of the current forked-horn rule, and a new general season cow elk damage tag., "Monroe: Ocean fishing has vastly improved this summer," 6 July 2019 In 1961 Mellaart started to dig near the forked path at Çatalhöyük. National Geographic, "This Stone Age settlement took humanity's first steps toward city life," 26 Mar. 2019 What would be really interesting is a forked device hitting the EU market. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "After $5 billion EU antitrust fine, Google will start charging for Android apps," 17 Oct. 2018 Standing next to me, Lukasz Dominikowski, armed with his asparagus cutter (a long, flat tool with a sharp, forked blade), has detected a ripple. Christie Dietz, National Geographic, "Calling all foodies: Germany's 'white gold' season is in full swing," 14 May 2019 And the Commission also said that Google should not have barred its partners from building devices based on forked versions of Android. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Google is unbundling Android apps: all the news about the EU’s antitrust ruling," 18 Oct. 2018 In 2007, as Atlantic mackerel moved away from European Union waters toward colder shoals near Iceland, the silvery fish with forked tails precipitated a trade war. David Abel,, "Fish wars loom as climate change pushes lobster, cod, and other species north," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of forked

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Forked.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of forked

: divided into two parts at one end : shaped like the letter Y


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Kids Definition of forked

: having one end divided into two or more branches a forked river

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