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fork (n.)

Old English forca, force "pitchfork, forked instrument, forked weapon," from a Germanic borrowing (Old Frisian forke, Dutch vork, Old Norse forkr, Danish fork) of Latin furca "two-pronged fork; pitchfork; fork used in cooking," a word of uncertain origin. Old English also had forcel "pitchfork." From c. 1200 as "forked stake or post" (as a gallows or prop).

Table forks are said to have been not used among the nobility in England until 15c. and not common until early 17c. The word is first attested in this sense in English in an inventory from 1430, probably from Old North French forque (Old French furche, Modern French fourche), from the Latin word. Of rivers, from 1753; of roads, from 1839. As a bicycle part from 1871. As a chess attack on two pieces simultaneously by one (usually a knight), it dates from 1650s. In old slang, forks "the two forefingers" is from 1812.

fork (v.)

early 14c., "to divide in branches, go separate ways," also "disagree, be inconsistent," from fork (n.). Transitive meaning "raise or pitch with a fork" is from 1812. Related: Forked; forking. The slang verb phrase fork (something) over is from 1839 (fork out) "give over" is from 1831). Forking (n.) in the forensic sense "disagreement among witnesses" is from c. 1400.

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Definitions of fork from WordNet
1
fork (n.)
cutlery used for serving and eating food;
fork (n.)
the act of branching out or dividing into branches;
Synonyms: branching / ramification / forking
fork (n.)
the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches;
they took the south fork
Synonyms: crotch
fork (n.)
an agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs;
fork (n.)
the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk;
Synonyms: crotch
2
fork (v.)
lift with a pitchfork;
Synonyms: pitchfork
fork (v.)
place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy pieces;
fork (v.)
divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork;
The road forks
Synonyms: branch / ramify / furcate / separate
fork (v.)
shape like a fork;
She forked her fingers
From wordnet.princeton.edu