What is fork?

  • (noun): The act of branching out or dividing into branches.
    Synonyms: branching, ramification, forking
    See also — Additional definitions below


As a piece of cutlery or kitchenware, a fork is a tool consisting of a handle with several narrow tines on one end. The fork as an eating utensil has been a feature primarily of the West, whereas in East Asia chopsticks have been more prevalent. Today, forks are increasingly available throughout East Asia. The utensil (usually metal) is used to lift food to the mouth or to hold ingredients in place while cooking or cutting them. Food can be lifted either by spearing it on the tines, or by holding it on top of the tines, which are often curved slightly. For this former function, in the American style of fork etiquette, the fork is held with tines curving up; however, in continental style, the fork is held with the tines curving down. A fork is also shaped in the form of a trident but curved at the joint of the handle to the points.

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Types of Forks - Novelty Forks
... Extension Fork A long-tined fork with a telescopic handle, allowing for its extension or contraction ... Spaghetti fork A fork with a metal shaft loosely fitted inside a hollow plastic handle ... the handle, ending in a bend that allows the metal part of the fork to be easily rotated with one hand while the other hand is holding the plastic handle ...
Morton's Fork Coup
... Morton's Fork is a coup in contract bridge that forces an opponent to choose between letting declarer establish one or more extra tricks in the suit led, and losing the opportunity to ... takes its name from the expression Morton's Fork ...
Jeff Bottema - Racing Career Milestones - Notable Accolades
... BMX's most popular and famous bicycle components the Bottema Bullet Fork ... It was a tubular unicrown fork manufactured by his company that was the most popular and respected component of its type since Redline Engineering came out with ... The original M-1 Bullet Fork had extra thick chromoly tubing at.065" and extra long fork legs than other tubular forks of that period to reduce flex while the weight was still competitive with the lighter forks on the ...
Fork-tailed Tody-Tyrant
... The Fork-tailed Tody-Tyrant or Fork-tailed Pygmy-tyrant (Hemitriccus furcatus) is a species of bird in the Tyrannidae family ...
Glady Fork - Geography
... The Glady Fork is a tributary of the Dry Fork via the Dry Fork, the Black Fork, and the Cheat, Monongahela and Ohio rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River ... With the Dry Fork, the Laurel Fork, the Shavers Fork and the Blackwater River, it is considered one of the five principal headwaters tributaries of the Cheat ... The Glady Fork is formed at the community of Glady in Randolph County by the confluence of two short northward-flowing streams known as East Fork Glady Fork and West Fork Glady Fork the ...

More definitions of "fork":

  • (verb): Lift with a pitchfork.
    Synonyms: pitchfork
  • (noun): The angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk.
    Synonyms: crotch
  • (verb): Shape like a fork.
    Example: "She forked her fingers"
  • (noun): A part of a forked or branching shape.
    Example: "They took the south fork"
    Synonyms: branch, leg, ramification
  • (verb): Place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy pieces.
  • (noun): An agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs.
  • (noun): Cutlery used for serving and eating food.

Famous quotes containing the word fork:

    Every country we conquer feeds us. And these are just a few of the good things we’ll have when this war is over.... Slaves working for us everywhere while we sit back with a fork in our hands and a whip on our knees.
    Curtis Siodmak (1902–1988)

    Eye of newt and toe of frog,
    Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
    Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
    Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing,
    For a charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    Wherever a man separates from the multitude, and goes his own way in this mood, there indeed is a fork in the road, though ordinary travelers may see only a gap in the paling. His solitary path across lots will turn out the higher way of the two.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)