1. An instrument consisting consisting of a handle with a shank terminating in two or more prongs or tines, which are usually of metal, parallel and slightly curved; used from piercing, holding, taking up, or pitching anything.
2. Anything furcate or like of a fork in shape, or furcate at the extremity; as, a tuning fork.
3. One of the parts into which anything is furcated or divided; a prong; a branch of a stream, a road, etc.; a barbed point, as of an arrow. Let it fall . . . Though the fork invade The region of my heart. (Shak) A thunderbolt with three forks. (Addison)
4. The place where a division or a union occurs; the angle or opening between two branches or limbs; as, the fork of a river, a tree, or a road.
5. The gibbet. Fork beam a mine is said to be in fork, or an engine to have the water in fork, when all the water is drawn out of the mine. The forks of a river or a road, the branches into which it divides, or which come together to form it; the place where separation or union takes place.
6. To shoot into blades, as corn. The corn beginneth to fork.
Origin: as. Forc, fr. L. Furca. Cf. Fourch, Furcate.