\ 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 On one of the forked tracks is a person that is tied down to the rails and cannot getaway. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 On the other forked track, there are three people tied down to the rails and unable to escape (the number of people tied down varies by how the setup is envisioned, sometimes five people are mentioned rather than three, etc.). Lance Eliot, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 The shooter stands partially protected by a small, forked tree. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, 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, 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., 6 July 2019 In 1961 Mellaart started to dig near the forked path at Çatalhöyük. National Geographic, 26 Mar. 2019 What would be really interesting is a forked device hitting the EU market. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 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, 14 May 2019

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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 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of forked

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


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

Kids Definition of forked

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


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