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noun 
  1. A pronged tool having a long straight handle, used for digging, lifting, throwing etc.
  2. (obsolete) A gallows.
  3. A utensil with spikes used to put solid food into the mouth, or to hold food down while cutting.
  4. A tuning-fork.
  5. An intersection in a road or path where one road is split into two.
  6. A point where a waterway, such as a river, splits and goes two (or more) different directions (see image).
  7. (chess) The simultaneous attack of two adversary pieces with one single attacking piece (especially a knight).
  8. (computer science) A splitting-up of an existing process into itself and a child process execute, executing parts of the same program.
  9. (computer science) An event where development of some free software or open-source software is split into two or more separate projects.
  10. crotch, Crotch (British usage).
verb 
  1. To use a fork to move food to the mouth.
  2. (context, computer science) To spawn a new child process in some sense duplicate, duplicating the existing process.
  3. (context, computer science) To split a (software) project into several projects.
  4. To kick someone in the crotch.
Etymology: Old English forcaOld English, forca , forceOld English, force , from Latin furca "pitchfork, yoke". Later reinforced under influence of Old Northern French forque ( = Old French forche > French fourche), from the Latin.


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