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fork / fôrk/ • n. 1. an implement with two or more prongs used for lifting food to the mouth or holding it when cutting. ∎  a tool of larger but similar form used for digging or lifting in a garden or farm. 2. a device, component, or part with two or more prongs, in particular: ∎  a unit consisting of a pair of supports in which a bicycle or motorcycle wheel revolves. ∎  a flash of forked lightning. 3. the point where something, esp. a road or river, divides into two parts. ∎  either of two such parts. 4. Chess a simultaneous attack on two or more pieces by one piece. • v. 1. [intr.] (esp. of a road or other route) divide into two parts: the place where the road forks. ∎  [intr.] take or constitute one part or the other at the point where a road or other route divides: a minor road forked left. 2. [tr.] dig, lift, or manipulate (something) with a fork: fork in some compost. 3. [tr.] Chess attack (two pieces) simultaneously with one piece. PHRASAL VERBS: fork something over/out/up (or fork over/out/up) inf. pay money for something, esp. reluctantly.DERIVATIVES: fork·ful / -ˌfoŏl/ n. (pl. -fuls) .

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forkauk, baulk, Bork, caulk (US calk), chalk, cork, dork, Dundalk, Falk, fork, gawk, hawk, Hawke, nork, orc, outwalk, pork, squawk, stalk, stork, talk, torc, torque, walk, york •pitchfork • nighthawk • goshawk •mohawk • sparrowhawk • tomahawk •back talk • peptalk • beanstalk •sweet-talk • crosstalk • small talk •smooth-talk • catwalk • jaywalk •cakewalk • space walk •sheep walk, sleepwalk •skywalk • sidewalk • crosswalk •boardwalk • rope-walk

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fork pronged instrument for digging OE., for eating XV; divergence into branches, bifurcation XIV. OE. forca, force, corr. to OS. furka, OHG. furcha (Du. vork, G. furke), ON, forkr; Gmc. — L. furca pitchfork, forked stake, whence (O)F. fourche, ONF. fourque (which reinforced the word in ME.).