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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
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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.
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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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Winger Gallagher headed down for Forker, but his adventurous overhead kick was too weak to matter.
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Johnny Montgomery managed to put Dungannon in front on 74 minutes and Forker completed his brace with an exquisite lob to complete a fine afternoon for the Swifts.
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Swifts were much the better team in the second half and pulled one back when Conor Forker stabbed home after Rodney McAree's corner caused panic in the United goalmouth.
Focusing on foreign markets with great growth potential and efficiency improvements in all company divisions are the most important objectives, according to Herbert Forker, Siegwerk's chairman of the board of directors.
Paul Rice in the Glenavon goal launched a high clearance into the Newry half and O'Boyle benefited from a Conor Forker flick on to fire it past Darren O'Grady, who was deputising for the flu bound Stuart Addis.
Twice Conor Forker had nudged Swifts in front and, in truth, they were marginally the better team over the ninetyminutes and would perhaps have deserved a victory.
A Gerard McMahon corner from the left was fumbled by Paul Kee and little Conor Forker had the simple task of nodding the ball into the net for the opening goal.