fork

An eating utensil with several points or prongs is called a fork. If you aren't skilled at using chopsticks, you can ask the waiter at the Chinese restaurant to bring you a fork.

In most Western households, forks are a basic part of a table setting — unless all you're eating is soup. There are different forks for different purposes, from a long, narrow fondue fork to a large, wide serving fork. There are also garden tools called forks, including pitchforks and hand-held pronged digging implements. Yet another kind of fork is the place where two roads or branches meet in a V shape. If you come to a fork in the road, you better know which direction to take.

Primary Meanings of fork

1.
nv
cutlery used for serving and eating food
shape like a fork
2.
nv
the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches
divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork
3.
nv
an agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs
lift with a pitchfork
4.
v
place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy pieces
Full Definitions of fork
1

n cutlery used for serving and eating food

Types:
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carving fork
a large fork used in carving cooked meat
salad fork
a fork intended for eating salads
tablefork
a fork for eating at a dining table
toasting fork
long-handled fork for cooking or toasting frankfurters or bread etc. (especially over an open fire)
Type of:
cutlery, eating utensil
tableware implements for cutting and eating food

v shape like a fork

“She forked her fingers”
Type of:
form, shape
give shape or form to
2

n the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches

“they took the south fork
Synonyms:
crotch
Type of:
branch, leg, ramification
a part of a forked or branching shape

n the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk

Synonyms:
crotch
Type of:
angle
the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians

n the act of branching out or dividing into branches

Synonyms:
branching, forking, ramification
Types:
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bifurcation
the act of splitting into two branches
trifurcation
the act of splitting into three branches
divarication
branching at a wide angle
fibrillation
act or process of forming fibrils
Type of:
division
the act or process of dividing

v divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork

“The road forks
Synonyms:
branch, furcate, ramify, separate
branch, ramify
grow and send out branches or branch-like structures
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arborise, arborize
branch out like trees
twig
branch out in a twiglike manner
bifurcate
divide into two branches
trifurcate
divide into three
Type of:
diverge
move or draw apart
3

n an agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs

Types:
hayfork
a long-handled fork for turning or lifting hay
Type of:
tool
an implement used in the practice of a vocation

v lift with a pitchfork

Synonyms:
pitchfork
Type of:
lift
take hold of something and move it to a different location
4

v place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy pieces

Type of:
aggress, attack
take the initiative and go on the offensive

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