- an instrument of greatly varying size with a handle at one end and two or more pointed prongs at the other: forks are variously used as eating utensils and for pitching hay, breaking up soil, etc.
- something resembling a fork in shape: tuning fork
- a division into branches; bifurcation
- ☆ the point where a river, road, etc. is divided into two or more branches, or where branches join to form a river, road, etc.
- any of these branches
ME forke < OE forca & Anglo-Fr forque (Fr fourche), both < L furca, two-pronged fork
to divide into branches; be bifurcated: where the road forks