• A few kitchen utensils and accessories excavated at Jamestown: a ladle, brass pan, knife blades, fork, kettle fragments, spout, colander fragments, and pot hooks
    A few kitchen utensils and accessories excavated at Jamestown: a ladle, brass pan, knife blades, fork, kettle fragments, spout, colander fragments, and pot hooks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fork shape like a fork "She forked her fingers"
    • v fork divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork "The road forks"
    • v fork place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy pieces
    • v fork lift with a pitchfork "pitchfork hay"
    • n fork the act of branching out or dividing into branches
    • n fork cutlery used for serving and eating food
    • n fork an agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs
    • n fork the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk
    • n fork the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches "they took the south fork","he climbed into the crotch of a tree"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A few knives, forks, and spoons unearthed at Jamestown A few knives, forks, and spoons unearthed at Jamestown

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Americans did not commonly use forks until after the Civil War
    • Fork An instrument 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 for piercing, holding, taking up, or pitching anything.
    • Fork Anything furcate or like a fork in shape, or furcate at the extremity; as, a tuning fork .
    • 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."
      "A thunderbolt with three forks ."
    • Fork The gibbet.
    • Fork 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.
    • Fork To divide into two or more branches; as, a road, a tree, or a stream forks .
    • v. t Fork 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."
    • Fork To shoot into blades, as corn. "The corn beginneth to fork ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pilgrims did not eat with forks. They only used spoons, knives and their fingers
    • n fork An instrument or tool consisting of a handle with a shank, usually of metal, terminating in two or more prongs or tines. Specifically— Such an instrument, of small size, used at table to hold food while it is being cut with the knife, and to lift food to the mouth.
    • n fork One of various agricultural tools with the prongs of which loose substances are gathered and lifted, as a hay-fork or dung-fork. See pitchfork.
    • n fork Something resembling a fork in form A tuning-fork.
    • n fork One of the parts into which anything is divided by bifurcation; a forking branch or division; a prong or shoot: as, the forks of a road or stream; Clark's fork of Columbia river; a fork of lightning.
    • n fork The point or barb of an arrow.
    • n fork The bifurcated part of the human frame; the legs.
    • n fork A gibbet; in the plural, the gallows. See furca.
    • n fork In mining, the bottom of the sump.
    • fork To raise or pitch with a fork, as hay.
    • fork To dig and break with a fork, as ground.
    • fork In mining, to pump or otherwise clear out (water) from a shaft or mine. Forking the water is drawing it all out; and when it is done the mine or the water is said to be forked, and the engine to be in fork. Pryce.
    • fork To become bifurcated or forked; send out diverging parts like the tines of a fork.
    • fork In mining, to draw out water from a shaft.
    • n fork In mech.: A pair of teeth or pins standing out from a bar and inclosing a space within which runs the belt of a machine fitted with fast and loose pulleys. By moving the bar which carries the pins endwise the belt can be shifted.
    • n fork A piece of steel fitting into the socket or chuck on a lathe, used for driving the piece to be turned.
    • n fork A position, in a game of chess, where two pieces are attacked at the same time by a pawn.
    • fork In chess, to attack (two hostile pieces) with a pawn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Forks weren't widely used in the United States until the 1800s.
    • n Fork fork an instrument with two or more prongs at the end: one of the points or divisions of anything fork-like: the bottom of a sump into which the water of a mine drains—also Forcque:
    • v.i Fork to divide into two branches: to shoot into blades, as corn
    • v.t Fork to form as a fork: to pitch with a fork: to bale a shaft dry
    • n Fork fork (pl.) the branches into which a road or river divides, also the point of separation
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  • Yogi Berra
    “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Don't dig your grave with your knife and fork.”
  • Emily Post
    Emily Post
    “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”
  • Charles A. Garfield
    Charles A. Garfield
    “Can you have more than one major MISSION pervading your life? NO. That would be like coming to a fork in the road and trying to go both ways by straddling it.”
  • Stanislaw J. Lec
    Stanislaw J. Lec
    “Is it progress if a cannibal uses a fork?”


Speak with a forked tongue - To say one thing and mean another, to lie, to be two-faced


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. forc, fr. L. furca,. Cf. Fourché Furcate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. forca—L. furca.


In literature:

Didn't I hear it that night over on Ten Fork?
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
Dismounting one of the forks, and permitting the other to remain upon its stand, I throw the dismounted fork into strong vibration.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Oak Forks had few attractions for him.
"The Young Bank Messenger" by Horatio Alger
No, you don't stir it with a stick but a long wooden fork.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
A knife and fork, Nancy.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The body was caught in the fork of a branch underneath.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
When you have finished the course, lay your knife and fork side by side on your plate, the prongs of the fork upward.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
Near the hut a small fire of hazel sticks crackled under the pot that swung from a forked triangle of oak limbs.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
My girl's just back from school, and she don't think much of the Fork.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
She knew about the Yellowstone, and the Three Forks of the Missouri.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough

In poetry:

"Observe his grisly beard,
His race it clearly shows,
He sticks no fork in ham or pork -
Observe, my friends, his nose.
"The Bishop and the Busman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And here I would the light'ning bring
With threatening, forked glare;
And there the hallowed rainbow fling
Across the troubled air.
"Vignette - I" by Matilda Betham
Now here is a fork for your pastries
And do use the couch for your feet;
I know that I wanted to ask you-
Is trifle sufficient for sweet?
"How To Get On In Society" by Sir John Betjeman
All along the road the reddish
purplish, forked, upstanding, twiggy
stuff of bushes and small trees
with dead, brown leaves under them
leafless vines —
"Spring And All" by William Carlos Williams
`O, I am not dead, though my head droops low,
That used in the Spring to soar
To the sky half—way, and the friendless crow
Will nest in my fork no more.
"The Fallen Elm" by Alfred Austin
"To seek it with thimbles, to seek it with care;
To pursue it with forks and hope;
To threaten its life with a railway-share;
To charm it with smiles and soap!
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll

In news:

Gazette file photo A 2005 file photo from East Fork Farms in Augusta, where students in the Gull Lake Homeschool Partnership took horseback-riding lessons in 2011-12.
The stable's normal cost for six weeks of group riding lessons is $240, according to the East Fork website.
This take on Lancashire hotpot – traditional English food at its most comforting – is made with lamb, onions and carrots topped with sliced potatoes and baked until fork tender.
Lancashire hotpot is made with lamb, onions and carrots topped with sliced potatoes and baked until fork tender.
The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA. Gail Johns of South Fork stood up in church Sunday morning and greeted fellow congregants with a hardy "Howdeeeeee.".
A memorial service will be held at 2 pm, on Saturday, June 4, at the South Fork Senior Center, located in Pine.
Sports Idahoan Wins North Fork Championship.
The southpaw added that he is unconcerned if Beltran eventually will fork over the roughly $10,000 he pledged to pay for Niese's nose job.
The North Fork Table & Inn.
A duo of fine-dining veterans, burned out by the city and smitten with Long Island's rich local harvest, have made the brand-new North Fork Table & Inn an imperative year-round detour in a neighborhood that claims to be starved for quality.
Blake Nehls, an FAU redshirt freshman linebacker and South Fork graduate.
Trustees found the Forks property was not being used even for its intended purpose of overflow parking.
Intervale 's Compostables 'Fork In The Road.
Traffic-light tickets have ticked off a gazillion drivers, some of whom have had to fork over $500 for running a light.
Age 86 of East Grand Forks and longtime Crookston resident, died March 4.

In science:

We say p ∈ Sm (A) does not α-fork over B ⊆ A, if for some model M ⊇ A and q ∈ Sm (M ) extending p we have C bα (q) ⊆ aclCeq (B ).
Classification theory for theories with NIP - a modest beginning
The second rewrite rule is only there to traverse into fork trees.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Note that if we needed to traverse terms which involve other constructors, then designated rewrite rules had to be provided along the schema used in the second rewrite rule for fork above.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
The helper COUNTfork speci fies how to count the leafs of a proper fork tree.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Note that the recursive formulation of COUNT allows us to traverse into arbitrarily nested fork trees.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies