fork

\ \ [OE] Fork comes from Latin furca, a word of unknown origin which denoted ‘two-pronged fork or stake’. It provided most of the Romance and Celtic languages with their terms for ‘fork’, as well as English (French fourche, for instance, Italian forca, Spanish horca, Welsh fforch, and Breton forc’h). The term was not widely used for ‘table forks’ until they came into general use, from Italy, in the 15th and 16th centuries; several languages have used diminutive forms in this context, such as French fourchette and Romanian furculita. Bifurcate [17] is a derivative, descended from Latin bifurcustwopronged’.
\ \ Cf.BIFURCATE, CARFAX

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  • Fork — (f[^o]rk), n. [AS. forc, fr. L. furca. Cf. {Fourch[ e]}, {Furcate}.] 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fork — (englisch ‚Gabel‘, ‚Verzweigung‘) bezeichnet: einen durch das Betriebssystem bereitgestellten Systemaufruf, durch den ein Folgeprozess gestartet wird, siehe Fork (Unix) in der Softwareentwicklung eine Abspaltung von einem (Haupt )Projekt, siehe… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • fork — fork·able; fork; fork·er; fork·ful; fork·i·ness; fork·less; fork·man; pick·fork; un·fork; pitch·fork; fork·ed·ly; fork·ed·ness; …   English syllables

  • fork — [fɔːk ǁ fɔːrk] verb fork out something phrasal verb [intransitive, transitive] informal to spend a lot of money on something, not because you want to but because you have to; =SHELL OUT: • Even more embarrassingly for the struggling bank, it had… …   Financial and business terms

  • fork — [fôrk] n. [ME forke < OE forca & Anglo Fr forque (Fr fourche), both < L furca, two pronged fork] 1. an instrument of greatly varying size with a handle at one end and two or more pointed prongs at the other: forks are variously used as… …   English World dictionary

  • Fork — У этого термина существуют и другие значения, см. Форк (значения). В Unix системах, fork()  системный вызов, создающий новый процесс( потомок), который является почти точной копией процесса( родителя), выполняющего этот вызов. Между… …   Википедия

  • Fork — Fork, v. t. To raise, or pitch with a fork, as hay; to dig or turn over with a fork, as the soil. [1913 Webster] Forking the sheaves on the high laden cart. Prof. Wilson. [1913 Webster] {To fork over} {To fork out}, to hand or pay over, as money; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fork — ► NOUN 1) an implement with two or more prongs used for lifting or holding food. 2) a pronged farm or garden tool used for digging or lifting. 3) each of a pair of supports in which a bicycle or motorcycle wheel revolves. 4) the point where a… …   English terms dictionary

  • fork\ up — • fork over • fork out • fork up v To pay; pay out. He had to fork over fifty dollars to have the car repaired. Compare: hand over …   Словарь американских идиом

  • Fork — Fork, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Forked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forking}.] 1. To shoot into blades, as corn. [1913 Webster] The corn beginneth to fork. Mortimer. [1913 Webster] 2. To divide into two or more branches; as, a road, a tree, or a stream forks.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fork. — fork. fork. (fork. for forkortelse el. forkortet) …   Dansk ordbog

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