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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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PATIENTS looked on in horror when a man burst into the psychiatric hospital brandishing a carving fork which he forcefully stabbed into the reception desk.
PATIENTS looked on in horror as a man burst into the psychiatric hospital brandishing a carving fork which he forcefully stabbed into the reception desk.
Bus driver Robert Bailey used knives and a carving fork to kill Elaine, his wife and mother of his three children, in their Wirral home.
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The 10-piece block set pink set will feature its 7-inch granton edge santoku knife, along with an 8-inch carving knife, an 8-inch bread knife, a 6-inch serrated utility knife, a carving fork, sharpening steel, peeler, parer and "Take-A-Part" kitchen shears.
4 Insert a carving fork into top of breast and, starting at outer edge, cut thin slices, parallel to breastbone, down to base cut.
A MENTAL patient who committed a terrifying armed robbery with a carving fork while on the run has been allowed to escape for the second time.
Robert Bailey, 46, used numerous blades and a carving fork on mum-of-three Elaine - even piercing her eyes at least four times.
I even have a carving fork with a sliding mechanism for effortlessly pushing the meat off the fork onto the serving plate.
Wusthof Trident is also featuring its new two-piece presentation stainless carving set, featuring a precision-forged 8-inch carving knife and 6-inch carving fork with mirror-polished stainless-steel handles.