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fork

noun \ ˈfȯrk \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of fork

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

play \ˈfȯrk-ˌfu̇l\ noun

Examples of fork in a Sentence

  1. a fork in the road

  2. the north fork of the river

  3. the front fork of a bicycle

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Origin and Etymology of fork

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


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fork

verb

Definition of fork

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

  1. The road forks to the north and south.

  2. They forked the hay into the loft.

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First Known Use of fork

15th century


FORK Defined for English Language Learners

fork

noun

Definition of fork for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of fork for English Language Learners

  • of a road, river, etc. : to divide into two parts

  • : to pay or give (money)

  • : to lift or throw (something) with a fork


FORK Defined for Kids

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fork

noun \ ˈfȯrk \

Definition of fork for Students

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

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fork

verb

Definition of fork for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

fork

noun \ ˈfȯ(ə)rk \

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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