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.

Definitions of fork
  1. noun
    cutlery used for serving and eating food
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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
  2. verb
    shape like a fork
    “She forked her fingers”
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    form, shape
    give shape or form to
  3. noun
    the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches
    “they took the south fork
    synonyms: crotch
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    branch, leg, ramification
    a part of a forked or branching shape
  4. noun
    the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk
    synonyms: crotch
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    angle
    the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians
  5. noun
    the act of branching out or dividing into branches
    synonyms: branching, forking, ramification
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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
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    division
    the act or process of dividing
  6. verb
    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
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    diverge
    move or draw apart
  7. noun
    an agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs
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    hayfork
    a long-handled fork for turning or lifting hay
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    tool
    an implement used in the practice of a vocation
  8. verb
    lift with a pitchfork
    synonyms: pitchfork
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    type of:
    lift
    take hold of something and move it to a different location
  9. verb
    place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy pieces
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    aggress, attack
    take the initiative and go on the offensive
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