Fork (?), n. [AS. forc, fr. L. furca. Cf. Fourch, Furcate.]


An instrument consisting consisting of a handle with a shank terminating in two or more prongs or tines, which are usually of metal, parallel and slightly curved; -- used from piercing, holding, taking up, or pitching anything.


Anything furcate or like of a fork in shape, or furcate at the extremity; as, a tuning fork.


One of the parts into which anything is furcated or divided; a prong; a branch of a stream, a road, etc.; a barbed point, as of an arrow.

Let it fall . . . though the fork invade The region of my heart. Shak.

A thunderbolt with three forks. Addison.


The place where a division or a union occurs; the angle or opening between two branches or limbs; as, the fork of a river, a tree, or a road.


The gibbet.


Bp. Butler.

Fork beam Shipbuilding, a half beam to support a deck, where hatchways occur. -- Fork chuck Wood Turning, a lathe center having two prongs for driving the work. -- Fork head. (a) The barbed head of an arrow. (b) The forked end of a rod which forms part of a knuckle joint. -- In fork. Mining A mine is said to be in fork, or an engine to "have the water in fork," when all the water is drawn out of the mine. Ure. -- The forks of a rivera road, the branches into which it divides, or which come together to form it; the place where separation or union takes place.


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Fork, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Forked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Forking.]


To shoot into blades, as corn.

The corn beginneth to fork. Mortimer. 1


To divide into two or more branches; as, a road, a tree, or a stream forks.


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Fork, v. t.

To raise, or pitch with a fork, as hay; to dig or turn over with a fork, as the soil.

Forking the sheaves on the high-laden cart. Prof. Wilson.

To fork over ∨ out, to hand or pay over, as money. [Slang]

G. Eliot.


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