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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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And with meat fondues a dinner fork should be used to remove the meat from the fondue fork.
Boil hard for a minute or until it sticks between the tines Of a dinner fork. Pour into hot, sterilized jars and seal.
Each five-piece setting includes: 8" dinner fork, 7" salad fork, 9" dinner knife, 8" soup spoon, and a 7" small spoon.
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The gnocchi can be left as it is or you can make decorative ridges by flouring a dinner fork and rolling the dumpling under the tignes of the fork.
The 15-item place setting contained: salt shaker, pepper mill, salad bowl, soup cup, saucer for soup cup, wine glass, water glass, coffee cup, napkin, salad fork, dinner fork, plate, knife, teaspoon, tablespoon.