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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 two. See forked version and hard fork.

(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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The product was removed after teenager Fayah Hussain, a Muslim who only eats halal meat, was physically sick after swallowing a forkful of the food, labelled with a green V to denote vegetarian cuisine.
Nil points for presentation", I said to the Man-in-Charge as I lifted a forkful of beef stewed for four hours in beer and nibbled a piece of shredded pork, "but I have to say it tastes good.
We've barely got the first forkful to our mouths when the oldest suddenly shrieks: "I'm going to be sick" and races from the room.
Collectively, we've adopted a 'what will be will be' attitude before the first forkful, akin to playing Russian roulette with roast chicken, which is nostalgic.
He ate for a while, talked for a while longer and then, after a time, took a heaping forkful of potato salad.
95), and the forkful I managed to steal from her before she polished it off was way better than in most Italian restaurants.
IN the six seconds it took you to enjoy your first forkful of turkey on Christmas Day, a child will have died of malnutrition.
Too hot to touch, too aromatic to keep our fingers off and just flaky enough that the fish's savoury juices ran clear at each forkful.
Everything about this dish was redolent of winter and absolutely perfect from first to last forkful.
But for those of us who are knife aware, and tut-tut at every other customer in a restaurant who shovels in food single-handedly by the forkful, this is no cutting-edge revelation.
When they were tiny I was very mean and would only allow two chocolate buttons at a time or if they were really good they could have six Smarties after dinner as a reward for eating all their spinach - or in youngest's case, a forkful of anything on his plate.
Chopped salads are popular and still around because they taste good,'' says Larry Flax, co-founder and co-CEO, California Pizza Kitchen, adding that when you chop up a salad, you get even distribution of the ingredients and dressing - and all the flavors in each forkful.