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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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At the same time, the lock that held the carrier in position was released and the carrier, along with the forkful of hay, rolled horizontally down the track.
Still, it is hard to be grateful to these critters when they are commandeering your forkful of grilled chicken or delivering a painful sting.
She watches patiently until, finally, something plops from an animal's rear: "That's what we're looking for," she says, and moves in to scoop up a forkful of dung.
Microbes are everywhere, so when you put a finger, a pencil, or a forkful of food into your mouth, millions of microbes go along for the ride.
The package displays a forkful being lifted to show the interior.
According to Martin Muscovits of the University of Toronto, a machine trying to handle individual atoms could easily become confused and place them incorrectly "like a poorly handled marionette that places a forkful of food in its eye.
Without ever downing another forkful of the green veggie, they can naturally enrich cc their diets with its most potent anti-cancer constituent.
He was toiling away, `heavy forkful after heavy forkful', throwing the manure off the tines of his fork in lines, `like spokes from the hub of a bicycle wheel'.
And the plate I'd dished up for Lorraine to have a forkful from during filming was whipped away pretty sharpish for her to eat after the show.
Apricot provided a fruity counterpoint to the rich meat, while clove and, I think, Indian long pepper contributed singsong top notes which kept calling us back for another forkful.