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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.
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informal a worker who uses a fork
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DUNGANNON: Cushley 6, McLaughlin 6 (McNamee 62, 6), Gallagher 7, Fanehorpe 7, G Fitzpatrick 7, Hamilton 6, T Fitzpatrick 6, Shaw 7 (Camblin 56, 6), Forker 6, Coney 6 (McMinn 79, 6), Bownes 7
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CONOR Forker fired Dungannon Swifts to a morale-boosting victory at Omagh Town yesterday afternoon.