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FORK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fork mean? 

FORK (noun)
  The noun FORK has 5 senses:

1. cutlery used for serving and eating food
2. the act of branching out or dividing into branches
3. the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches
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

  Familiarity information: FORK used as a noun is common.


FORK (verb)
  The verb FORK has 4 senses:

1. lift with a pitchfork
2. place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy pieces
3. divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork
4. shape like a fork

  Familiarity information: FORK used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FORK (noun)


Sense 1fork [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cutlery used for serving and eating food

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("fork" is a kind of...):

cutlery; eating utensil (tableware implements for cutting and eating food)

Meronyms (parts of "fork"):

prong (a pointed projection)

tine (prong on a fork or pitchfork or antler)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fork"):

toasting fork (long-handled fork for cooking or toasting frankfurters or bread etc. (especially over an open fire))

tablefork (a fork for eating at a dining table)

salad fork (a fork intended for eating salads)

carving fork (a large fork used in carving cooked meat)


Sense 2fork [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of branching out or dividing into branches

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

branching; ramification; fork; forking

Hypernyms ("fork" is a kind of...):

division (the act or process of dividing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fork"):

bifurcation (the act of splitting into two branches)

trifurcation (the act of splitting into three branches)

divarication (branching at a wide angle)

fibrillation (act or process of forming fibrils)


Sense 3fork [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

crotch; fork

Context examples:

they took the south fork / he climbed into the crotch of a tree

Hypernyms ("fork" is a kind of...):

branch; leg; ramification (a part of a forked or branching shape)


Sense 4fork [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("fork" is a kind of...):

tool (an implement used in the practice of a vocation)

Meronyms (parts of "fork"):

prong (a pointed projection)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fork"):

hayfork (a long-handled fork for turning or lifting hay)


Sense 5fork [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

crotch; fork

Hypernyms ("fork" is a kind of...):

angle (the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians)

Holonyms ("fork" is a part of...):

body; organic structure; physical structure (the entire structure of an organism (especially an animal or human being))


FORK (verb)


Sense 1fork [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lift with a pitchfork

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

fork; pitchfork

Context example:

pitchfork hay

Hypernyms (to "fork" is one way to...):

lift (take hold of something and move it to a different location)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2fork [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy pieces

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Hypernyms (to "fork" is one way to...):

aggress; attack (take the initiative and go on the offensive)

Domain category:

chess; chess game (a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's king)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3fork [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

furcate; branch; fork; ramify; separate

Context example:

The road forks

Hypernyms (to "fork" is one way to...):

diverge (move or draw apart)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fork"):

arborise; arborize (branch out like trees)

twig (branch out in a twiglike manner)

bifurcate (divide into two branches)

trifurcate (divide into three)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 4fork [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shape like a fork

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

She forked her fingers

Hypernyms (to "fork" is one way to...):

form; shape (give shape or form to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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