WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
fork /fɔrk/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Agriculturean instrument having two or more points or prongs for holding, lifting, etc., esp. one used for handling food:knives, forks, and spoons.
- something resembling this in form, as a farm tool.
- the point or part at which a thing, such as a river or a road, divides into branches.
- either of the branches into which a thing divides:When the road splits, take the left fork.
fork•ful /ˈfɔrkfʊl/USA pronunciation n.[countable], pl. -fuls.
- to divide into branches:[no object]The road forks up ahead.
- [Informal.]fork over, out, or up, to deliver; pay* hand over: [~ + over/out/up + object]Fork over the money now.[~ + object + over/out/up]Fork it over.
(fôrk),USA pronunciation n.
- Agriculturean instrument having two or more prongs or tines, for holding, lifting, etc., as an implement for handling food or any of various agricultural tools.
- something resembling or suggesting this in form.
- Music and DanceSee tuning fork.
- Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]yoke1 (def. 9).
- Botanya division into branches.
- the point or part at which a thing, as a river or a road, divides into branches:Bear left at the fork in the road.
- either of the branches into which a thing divides.
- Time[Horol.](in a lever escapement) the forked end of the lever engaging with the ruby pin. See diag. under lever escapement.
- a principal tributary of a river.
- Automotivethe support of the front wheel axles of a bicycle or motorcycle, having the shape of a two-pronged fork.
- the barbed head of an arrow.
- to pierce, raise, pitch, dig, etc., with a fork.
- to make into the form of a fork.
- [Chess.]to maneuver so as to place (two opponent's pieces) under simultaneous attack by the same piece.
- to divide into branches:Turn left where the road forks.
- to turn as indicated at a fork in a road, path, etc.:Fork left and continue to the top of the hill.
- fork over or out or up, [Informal.]to hand over;
pay:Fork over the money you owe me!
- Latin furca fork, gallows, yoke
- Middle English forke, Old English forca bef. 1000
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
fork /fɔːk/ n
- a small usually metal implement consisting of two, three, or four long thin prongs on the end of a handle, used for lifting food to the mouth or turning it in cooking, etc
- an agricultural tool consisting of a handle and three or four metal prongs, used for lifting, digging, etc
- a pronged part of any machine, device, etc
- (of a road, river, etc) a division into two or more branches
- the point where the division begins
- such a branch
Etymology: Old English forca, from Latin furca
- (transitive) to pick up, dig, etc, with a fork
- (transitive) to place (two enemy pieces) under attack with one of one's own pieces, esp a knight
- (intransitive) to be divided into two or more branches
- to take one or other branch at a fork in a road, river, etc
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