fork1 [fo:k US fo:rk] n
↑fork, ↑knife, ↑spoon
[: Old English; Origin: forca, from Latin furca]
1.) a tool you use for picking up and eating food, with a handle and three or four points
Put the knives and forks on the table.
2.) a garden tool used for digging, with a handle and three or four points
3.) a place where a road, river, or tree divides into two parts, or one of the parts it divides into
the north fork of the Sacramento river
Take the left fork then go straight on.
4.) fork of lightning
a sudden flash of ↑lightning with two or more lines of light
5.) one of the two metal bars between which the front wheel of a bicycle or ↑motorcycle is fixed
fork 2
fork2 v
1.) also fork off
if a road, river etc forks, it divides into two parts
→↑divide, split ↑split
The path forked off in two directions.
2.) fork (off) left/right
to go left or right when a road divides into two parts
= ↑turn
Fork left at the bottom of the hill.
3.) [T always + adverb/preposition]
to put food into your mouth or onto a plate using a fork
fork sth into/onto etc sth
He forked some bacon into his mouth.
4.) [T always + adverb/preposition]
to put ↑manure into soil or to move soil around using a large garden fork
fork sth in/over etc
In November, the soil should be forked over.
fork out () [fork out (sth)] [i]phr v
to spend a lot of money on something, not because you want to but because you have to
fork out (something) for/on
I had to fork out £600 on my car when I had it serviced.
We don't want to have to fork out for an expensive meal.
fork over [fork sth<=>over] phr v
to give money to someone or something, or spend money on something
The arena won't be finished until private donors fork over more money.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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