Definition of fork in English:
1An implement with two or more prongs used for lifting food to the mouth or holding it when cutting.
- All these invite the sidelong glances of those who pretend not to be looking, as when in a restaurant, she struggles to keep the food on the fork long enough to deposit it in the mouth.
- A man often puts a piece of food on his fork, puts it in his mouth, swallows it, often too quickly to properly taste it, stops eating when he no longer feels hungry.
- The herb mash was a tad too firm, although tasty enough, but that was more than made up for by the sheer quality, freshness and succulence of fish that virtually dissolved as the fork hit the mouth.
1.1A pronged tool used for digging or lifting in a garden or farm.
- The first half ended with the skit entitled I didn't do it, in which Joseph plays a schoolboy arrested by the police for obscene language while working in the school garden with hoes, forks and agricultural tools.
- To avoid damaging the edible portions, use a garden fork to loosen the soil around the leeks first.
- Rhizomes are easy to pry up with a garden fork or shovel.
2A device, component, or part with two or more prongs, in particular.
- A new, carbon fiber wrapped fork highlighted the component spec, as did a new headset.
- A tuning fork is placed on the skull, and the patient indicates when the sound disappears.
- Therefore, sound is still heard when the tuning fork is placed adjacent to the ear canal.
2.1A unit consisting of a pair of supports in which a bicycle or motorcycle wheel revolves.
- The ladder arms are brought together at the front and angled up to become the headstock for the motorcycle forks, which are kept at a more vertical angle to allow for the extremely sharp turns.
- Vintage steel wheels and forks are hard to find.
- The wired mounting hardware works with oversized road bars and a variety of forks, but the wheel magnet only fits standard spokes.
2.2A flash of forked lightning.
- Their linings were tainted a blood-red hue - a fork of lightning flashed every now and then.
- Just as a fork of lightening flashed past her window, two figures appeared in the doorway.
- The forks that you can see are actually nitrogen and oxygen, which has been converted into plasma.
3The point where something, especially a road or river, divides into two parts.
- It was as if she stood at a junction, or a fork in the road, and there wasn't any correct way to go.
- But the opposite holds true if the house is at the end of a T-junction or in the fork of a road where it faces oncoming traffic.
- Night had fallen prematurely as they turned a bend in the road, and finally caught sight of the river fork.
3.1Either of the two parts where a road or river divides.
- However, when the taxi driver took the fork in the road towards Manhattan rather than Long Island, a strange sensation washed over me.
- At Kattikulam, the right fork of the road leads to Nagarhole and the left to Tirunelli through elephant sanctuaries and bamboo forests.
- He didn't take the left fork in the road, he paid the consequences.
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1 [no object] (Especially of a road or other route) divide into two parts: the place where the road forks
More example sentences
- Frequent bolts of lightning forked through the sky, lighting up her surroundings with an eerie brightness.
- Lightning forked down from the sky, and thunder roared in sympathy moments later, adding to the hellish scene.
- Narrow dirt paths forked from the stairs, leading to even denser rows of crosses amongst soft weeds.
1.1 [no object] Take or constitute one part or the other at the point where a road or other route divides: a minor road forked left
More example sentences
- She strengthened her grip on my arm, steered me onto a smaller path which forked off the main route to the left.
- Just before the house, take a path that forks to the right and then go right again after 20 yards, following the edge of a field up to a minor road.
- At the top of the steps take the path forking left and cross a stile leading into a field.
2 [with object] Dig, lift, or manipulate (something) with a fork: fork in some compost
More example sentences
- After a crash course on dining with élan and forking food with flair, the surprise test came on china piled high with tricky-to-eat broccoli, sprouts and small sautéed potatoes.
- One of the main features of the day was the steam threshing which involved forking the stooks into the steam-powered conveyor belt.
- The hay was forked into the hayshed, when the pile got so high; someone had to go up and ‘tramp’ it and throw it to the back of the hayshed.
fork something over/out/up (or fork over/out/up)
- informal Pay money for something, especially reluctantly.Example sentences
- He also forked over $15,000 for a veterans trip to Las Vegas.
- Mary and the Countess conspire to get Martha to fork up some cash to save Downton Abbey, but grandma refuses.
- In the meantime, he'll have to fork out $400 a night to continue staying at a nearby hotel.
- Example sentences
- It tastes marvelously clean between forkfuls of spring greens in cherry tomato vinaigrette, which comes on the side.
- I lifted up a forkful and let it drop back onto the plate.
- Mac bit into a forkful of the scrambled eggs and found them mildly spiced with a flavor he couldn't name.
Pronunciation: /-ˌfo͝ol/noun (plural forkfuls).
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