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Pronged eating utensil - a fork

English

Etymology

Old English forca m., force f., from Latin furca ‘pitchfork, yoke’. Later reinforced under influence of Old Northern French forque ( = Old French forche > French fourche), from the Latin.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
fork

Plural
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  1. A pronged tool having a long straight handle, used for digging, lifting, throwing etc.
  2. (obsolete) A gallows.
  3. A utensil with spikes used to put solid food into the mouth, or to hold food down while cutting.
  4. A tuning fork.
  5. An intersection in a road or path where one road is split into two.
  6. A point where a waterway, such as a river, splits and goes two (or more) different directions (see image).
  7. (chess) The simultaneous attack of two adversary pieces with one single attacking piece (especially a knight).
  8. (computer science) A splitting-up of an existing process into itself and a child process executing parts of the same program.
  9. (computer science) An event where development of some free software or open-source software is split into two or more separate projects.
  10. (UK) Crotch.

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Verb

Infinitive
to fork

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to fork (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To use a fork to move food to the mouth.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To spawn a new child process in some sense duplicating the existing process.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To split a (software) project into several projects.
  4. (UK) To kick someone in the crotch.

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Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

fork f. (plural, diminutive)

  1. (computer science) A fork, splitting-up of an existing process into itself and a child process executing parts of the same program.

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