fork /ˈfɔ(ə)rk/ 名詞
1. An instrument 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 for piercing, holding, taking up, or pitching anything.
2. Anything furcate or like 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.]
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 The forks of 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.
2. To divide into two or more branches; as, a road, a tree, or a stream forks.
Fork, v. t. 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 To fork out, to hand or pay over, as money; to cough up. [Slang]
n 1: cutlery used for serving and eating food
2: the act of branching out or dividing into branches [syn: branching,
3: a part of a forked or branching shape; "he broke off one of
the branches"; "they took the south fork" [syn: branch,
4: an agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a
handle and metal prongs
5: the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they
join the human trunk [syn: crotch]
v 1: lift with a pitchfork; "pitchfork hay" [syn: pitchfork]
2: place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy
3: divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; "The
road forks" [syn: branch, ramify, furcate, separate]
4: shape like a fork; "She forked her fingers"