fork


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fork \Fork\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Forked; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Forking.]
   1. To shoot into blades, as corn.
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            The corn beginneth to fork.           --Mortimer.
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   2. To divide into two or more branches; as, a road, a tree,
      or a stream forks.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fork \Fork\, v. t.
   To raise, or pitch with a fork, as hay; to dig or turn over
   with a fork, as the soil.
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         Forking the sheaves on the high-laden cart. --Prof.
                                                  Wilson.
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   To fork over To fork out, to hand or pay over, as money;
      to cough up. [Slang] --G. Eliot.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fork \Fork\ (f[^o]rk), n. [AS. forc, fr. L. furca. Cf.
   Fourch['e], Furcate.]
   1. An instrument 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
      for piercing, holding, taking up, or pitching anything.
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   2. Anything furcate or like a fork in shape, or furcate at
      the extremity; as, a tuning fork.
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   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.
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            Let it fall . . . though the fork invade
            The region of my heart.               --Shak.
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            A thunderbolt with three forks.       --Addison.
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   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.
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   5. The gibbet. [Obs.] --Bp. Butler.
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   Fork beam (Shipbuilding), a half beam to support a deck,
      where hatchways occur.

   Fork chuck (Wood Turning), a lathe center having two prongs
      for driving the work.

   Fork head.
      (a) The barbed head of an arrow.
      (b) The forked end of a rod which forms part of a knuckle
          joint.

   In fork. (Mining) 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. --Ure.

   The forks of a river or The forks of a road, the branches
      into which it divides, or which come together to form it;
      the place where separation or union takes place.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bracket \Brack"et\, n. [Cf. OF. braguette codpiece, F. brayette,
   Sp. bragueta, also a projecting mold in architecture; dim.
   fr. L. bracae breeches; cf. also, OF. bracon beam, prop,
   support; of unknown origin. Cf. Breeches.]
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   1. (Arch.) An architectural member, plain or ornamental,
      projecting from a wall or pier, to support weight falling
      outside of the same; also, a decorative feature seeming to
      discharge such an office.
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   Note: This is the more general word. See Brace,
         Cantalever, Console, Corbel, Strut.
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   2. (Engin. & Mech.) A piece or combination of pieces, usually
      triangular in general shape, projecting from, or fastened
      to, a wall, or other surface, to support heavy bodies or
      to strengthen angles.
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   3. (Naut.) A shot, crooked timber, resembling a knee, used as
      a support.
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   4. (Mil.) The cheek or side of an ordnance carriage.
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   5. (Print.) One of two characters [], used to inclose a
      reference, explanation, or note, or a part to be excluded
      from a sentence, to indicate an interpolation, to rectify
      a mistake, or to supply an omission, and for certain other
      purposes; -- called also crotchet.
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   6. A gas fixture or lamp holder projecting from the face of a
      wall, column, or the like.
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   7. (Gunnery) A figure determined by firing a projectile
      beyond a target and another short of it, as a basis for
      ascertaining the proper elevation of the piece; -- only
      used in the phrase, to establish a bracket. After the
      bracket is established shots are fired with intermediate
      elevations until the exact range is obtained. In the
      United States navy it is called fork.
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   Bracket light, a gas fixture or a lamp attached to a wall,
      column, etc.
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