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1. A utensil with two or more prongs, used for eating or serving food.
2. An implement with two or more prongs used for raising, carrying, piercing, or digging.
a. A bifurcation or separation into two or more branches or parts.
b. The point at which such a bifurcation or separation occurs: a fork in a road.
c. One of the branches of such a bifurcation or separation: the right fork. See Synonyms at branch.
4. Games An attack by one chess piece on two pieces at the same time.
v. forked, fork·ing, forks
1. To raise, carry, pitch, or pierce with a fork.
2. To give the shape of a fork to (one's fingers, for example).
3. Games To launch an attack on (two chess pieces).
4. Informal To pay. Used with over, out, or up: forked over $80 for front-row seats; forked up the money owed.
1. To divide into two or more branches: The river forks here.
a. To use a fork, as in working.
b. To turn at or travel along a fork.

[Middle English forke, digging fork, from Old English forca and from Old North French forque, both from Latin furca.]

fork′er n.
fork′ful′ n.


(ˈfɔrk fʊl)

n., pl. -fuls.
the amount a fork can hold.
usage: See -ful.


[ˈfɔːrkfʊl] nfourchettée fforklift truck fork-lift truck [ˌfɔːrklɪftˈtrʌk] nchariot m élévateur (à fourche)
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To the left, carts were rumbling over the meadow that had been already cleared, and one after another the haycocks vanished, flung up in huge forkfuls, and in their place there were rising heavy cartloads of fragrant hay hanging over the horses' hind-quarters.
The egg on top adds to the moist texture, especially when you scoop up some sauce, meatloaf and egg all in the same forkful.
Make sure to pick up a forkful combining the delicate fish, a salty sliver of olive and fragrant basil, and follow with the clever black bread and winkle butter, which give another hit of the ocean without being at all fishy.
IN THE six seconds it took you to enjoy your first forkful of turkey a child died of malnutrition.
IN the six seconds it takes you to enjoy your first forkful of turkey on Christmas Day, a child will die of malnutrition.
Across the room, Shannon Kane bit down on her first forkful ever of corn pudding.
Even as that blend of African and English is washing away like the shore, you can still have a taste of 'Fuskie in a forkful of Pop's Smuttered Muller or Sea Island Okra Gumbo,'" Robinson writes.
In a few hours the decomposing will begin and unless prevented by sods or a forkful of vegetables will break into a blaze.
Five drops of "Beano" added to your first forkful of beans does the trick.
Lovely," declared my wife as she nibbled a forkful of the beef.
Wendy's new Strawberry Fields Chicken Salad serves up hand-sliced California strawberries, savory Applewood Smoked bacon, crumbled blue cheese and freshly sliced red onion in every forkful.
I don't recall a forkful from the time I sat down with Margo MacDonald and Jim Sillars during one of her Holyrood campaigns, but it was the best political lunch I've ever had.