branching, ramification, fork, forking

(noun) the act of branching out or dividing into branches


(noun) cutlery used for serving and eating food


(noun) an agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs

crotch, fork

(noun) the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk

fork, crotch

(noun) 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”


(verb) shape like a fork; “She forked her fingers”

branch, ramify, fork, furcate, separate

(verb) divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; “The road forks”


(verb) place under attack with one’s own pieces, of two enemy pieces

pitchfork, fork

(verb) lift with a pitchfork; “pitchfork hay”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


fork (plural forks)

A pronged tool having a long straight handle, used for digging, lifting, throwing etc.

Synonym: pitchfork

A pronged tool for use in the garden; a smaller hand fork for weeding etc, or larger for turning over the soil.

(obsolete) A gallows.

A utensil with spikes used to put solid food into the mouth, or to hold food down while cutting.

A tuning fork.

An intersection in a road or path where one road is split into two.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it - Yogi Berra

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.

A point where a waterway, such as a river, splits and goes two (or more) different directions.

(geography) Used in the names of some river tributaries.

Synonym: branch

(figuratively) A point in time where one has to make a decision between two life paths.

(chess) The simultaneous attack of two adversary pieces with one single attacking piece (especially a knight).

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

(software) The splitting of a software development effort into two or more separate projects, especially in free and open-source software.

(software) Any of the software projects resulting from such a split.

(cryptocurrency, by extension) A split in a blockchain resulting from protocol disagreements, or a branch of the blockchain resulting from such a split.

(British) The crotch.

(colloquial) A forklift.

The set of blades of a forklift, on which the goods to be raised are loaded.

(cycling, motorcycles) In a bicycle or motorcycle, the portion of the frameset holding the front wheel, allowing the rider to steer and balance, also called front fork.

The upper front brow of a saddle bow, connected in the tree by the two saddle bars to the cantle on the other end.

Synonyms: swell, pommel


fork (third-person singular simple present forks, present participle forking, simple past and past participle forked)

(ambitransitive) To divide into two or more branches.

(transitive) To move with a fork (as hay or food).

(computer science) To spawn a new child process in some sense duplicating the existing process.

(computer science) To split a (software) project into several projects.

(computer science) To split a (software) distributed version control repository

(British) To kick someone in the crotch.

To shoot into blades, as corn does.

Euphemistic form of fuck.

Etymology 2


fork (plural forks)

(mining) The bottom of a sump into which the water of a mine drains.


fork (third-person singular simple present forks, present participle forking, simple past and past participle forked)

(mining, transitive) To bale a shaft dry.


• Korf

Source: Wiktionary

Fork, n. Etym: [AS. forc, fr. L. furca. Cf. Fourch, Furcate.]

1. 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.

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. The gibbet. [Obs.] 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 river or a road, the branches into which it divides, or which come together to form it; the place where separation or union takes place.

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

1. To shoot into blades, as corn. The corn beginneth to fork. Mortimer. 1

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

Fork, v. t.

Definition: 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 or out, to hand or pay over, as money. [Slang] G. Eliot.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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