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fork

1. a small usually metal implement consisting of two, three, or four long thin prongs on the end of a handle, used for lifting food to the mouth or turning it in cooking, etc.
2. an agricultural tool consisting of a handle and three or four metal prongs, used for lifting, digging, etc.
3. Chess a position in which two pieces are forked

fork

(operating system)
A Unix system call used by a process (the "parent") to make a copy (the "child") of itself. The child process is identical to the parent except it has a different process identifier and a zero return value from the fork call. It is assumed to have used no resources.

A fork followed by an exec can be used to start a different process but this can be inefficient and some later Unix variants provide vfork as an alternative mechanism for this.

See also fork bomb.

fork

(1) To split into a different direction. See forked version.

(2) In Unix, to make a copy of a process for execution.

(3) In the Macintosh file system, a fork is a top- level structure that separates data folders and files from other resources. See HFS.

(4) In a SIP telephony system, to search multiple locations for a recipient. See forking proxy.
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Hampton Forge has found success with expanded sets of four-piece place settings; the dessert fork was what was eliminated.
The Liberals have supped with the devil it seems with a small dessert fork rather than a long spoon and there is very little sign of leadership against this destruction by Millidee who didn't even dare turn up at a TUC rally against the cuts for fear of the Daily Mail and the Murdoch Press.
Place a dessert fork on the plate and sprinkle cocoa over it then remove the fork to leave a pattern you can place your pudding next to.