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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)
References in classic literature ?
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 woman suffered a severe allergic reaction after just one forkful of her lamb bhuna and pilau rice from Nasib Tandoori, on Kew Road.
most of all, I do like the feeling of eating when every spoon or forkful is reassuring me the same as the last.
I am not a dog man and was tempted to take my supper in the study rather than have an over-eager shih tzu stare me out and lick his lips every time I lifted a forkful.
e meat, I can conrm from a stolen forkful, was good.
Lovely," declared my wife as she nibbled a forkful of the beef.
Every forkful combination was its own variation on a melody.
Score a forkful of smoked pork cheeks in a slow-simmered sauce, served on Grandma's corn cake, if only to say you did.
Not only are they great to admire, once you have a forkful of Lizzy's cakes you will not want to put the fork down.
For example, in The Beard Label (all works cited, 2011), a forkful of glistening orange spaghetti hovers in space apparition-like, haloed by the Technicolor aura of an '80s album cover.