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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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In his opening speech, Mr Thomas said Stephens drove a carving knife into his mother's head and attacked her with a carving fork after hearing her say "get out".
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.
With a carving fork, lift bird and tilt to drain juices into pan.
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.
Mark Stephens, 44, told the jury at Swansea Crown Court he has no recollection of how he came to have the knife or a carving fork which were both used in the attack against his 67-year-old mother, Rita.
The jury of seven men and five women under Mr Justice Carroll Moran also heard about the "badly mutilated bodies" of the two women which were left "partially clad" after being abused using serrated blades, a knife, a large carving knife and a carving fork.
The line consists of everything from chef and santoku knives to specialty cheese knives, and includes a sharpening steel and carving fork.
Use a carving fork to hold the bird, or grip the bird with your hand using a clean pot holder or napkin.
A CARDIFF mother-of-four took a foot-long carving fork with her when she went to challenge a neighbour she was in dispute with.
At the High Court in Edinburgh, Fowler, who has a previous conviction for armed robbery, admitted walking into an off-licence in Morningside while on a one-hour pass, threatening the assistant with a carving fork and robbing the shop of pounds 103.
Roger Thomas, QC, prosecuting, has told the jury the carving knife was driven six inches into Mrs Stephens' brain and that she was also stabbed in the face with a matching carving fork and also suffered fractured ribs in what he called a "brutal" attack by her son, who drank heavily and who was helping to run the failing family upholstery business.