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  9  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bracket  \Brack"et\,  n.  (Gunnery) 
  A  figure  determined  by  firing  a  projectile  beyond  a  target 
  and  another  short  of  it  as  a  basis  for  ascertaining  the 
  proper  elevation  of  the  piece;  --  only  used  in  the  phrase,  to 
  establish  a  bracket.  After  the  bracket  is  established  shots 
  are  fired  with  intermediate  elevations  until  the  exact  range 
  is  obtained.  In  the  United  States  navy  it  is  called  {fork}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fork  \Fork\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Forked};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Forking}.] 
  1.  To  shoot  into  blades,  as  corn. 
 
  The  corn  beginneth  to  fork.  --Mortimer. 
 
  2.  To  divide  into  two  or  more  branches;  as  a  road,  a  tree, 
  or  a  stream  forks. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fork  \Fork\,  v.  t. 
  To  raise,  or  pitch  with  a  fork,  as  hay;  to  dig  or  turn  over 
  with  a  fork,  as  the  soil. 
 
  Forking  the  sheaves  on  the  high-laden  cart.  --Prof. 
  Wilson. 
 
  {To  fork}  {over  or  out},  to  hand  or  pay  over  as  money. 
  [Slang]  --G.  Eliot. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fork  \Fork\  (f[^o]rj),  n.  [AS.  forc,  fr  L.  furca  Cf 
  {Fourch['e]},  {Furcate}.] 
  1.  An  instrument  consisting  of  a  handle  with  a  shank 
  terminating  in  two  or  more  prongs  or  tines,  which  are 
  usually  of  metal,  parallel  and  slightly  curved;  --  used 
  from  piercing,  holding,  taking  up  or  pitching  anything 
 
  2.  Anything  furcate  or  like  a  fork  in  shape,  or  furcate  at 
  the  extremity;  as  a  tuning  fork. 
 
  3.  One  of  the  parts  into  which  anything  is  furcated  or 
  divided;  a  prong;  a  branch  of  a  stream,  a  road,  etc.;  a 
  barbed  point,  as  of  an  arrow. 
 
  Let  it  fall  .  .  .  though  the  fork  invade  The  region 
  of  my  heart.  --Shak. 
 
  A  thunderbolt  with  three  forks.  --Addison. 
 
  4.  The  place  where  a  division  or  a  union  occurs;  the  angle  or 
  opening  between  two  branches  or  limbs;  as  the  fork  of  a 
  river,  a  tree,  or  a  road. 
 
  5.  The  gibbet.  [Obs.]  --Bp.  Butler. 
 
  {Fork  beam}  (Shipbuilding),  a  half  beam  to  support  a  deck, 
  where  hatchways  occur. 
 
  {Fork  chuck}  (Wood  Turning),  a  lathe  center  having  two  prongs 
  for  driving  the  work 
 
  {Fork  head}. 
  a  The  barbed  head  of  an  arrow. 
  b  The  forked  end  of  a  rod  which  forms  part  of  a  knuckle 
  joint. 
 
  {In  fork}.  (Mining)  A  mine  is  said  to  be  in  fork,  or  an 
  engine  to  ``have  the  water  in  fork,''  when  all  the  water 
  is  drawn  out  of  the  mine.  --Ure. 
 
  {The  forks  of  a  river}  or  {a  road},  the  branches  into  which 
  it  divides,  or  which  come  together  to  form  it  the  place 
  where  separation  or  union  takes  place 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fork 
  n  1:  fork  used  for  serving  and  eating 
  2:  the  act  of  branching  out  or  dividing  into  branches  [syn:  {branching}, 
  {ramification},  {forking}] 
  3:  a  part  of  a  forked  or  branching  shape;  "he  broke  off  one  of 
  the  branches";  "they  took  the  south  fork"  [syn:  {branch}, 
  {leg}] 
  4:  an  agricultural  tool  used  for  lifting  or  digging;  has  a 
  handle  and  metal  prongs 
  5:  the  angle  formed  by  the  inner  sides  of  the  legs  where  they 
  join  the  human  trunk  [syn:  {crotch}] 
  v  1:  lift  with  a  pitchfork;  "pitchfork  hay"  [syn:  {pitchfork}] 
  2:  place  under  attack  with  one's  own  pieces,  of  two  enemy  chess 
  pieces 
  3:  divide  into  two  or  more  branches;  "The  road  forks"  [syn:  {branch}, 
  {ramify},  {separate}] 
  4:  shape  like  a  fork:  "She  forked  her  fingers" 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Fork,  MD 
  Zip  code(s):  21051 
  Fork,  SC 
  Zip  code(s):  29543 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  fork  In  the  open-source  community,  a  fork  is  what  occurs  when 
  two  (or  more)  versions  of  a  software  package's  source  code  are  being 
  developed  in  parallel  which  once  shared  a  common  code  base,  and  these 
  multiple  versions  of  the  source  code  have  irreconcilable  differences 
  between  them  This  should  not  be  confused  with  a  development  branch, 
  which  may  later  be  folded  back  into  the  original  source  code  base. 
  Nor  should  it  be  confused  with  what  happens  when  a  new  distribution 
  of  Linux  or  some  other  distribution  is  created,  because  that  largely 
  assembles  pieces  than  can  and  will  be  used  in  other  distributions 
  without  conflict. 
 
  Forking  is  uncommon;  in  fact  it  is  so  uncommon  that  individual 
  instances  loom  large  in  hacker  folklore.  Notable  in  this  class  were  the 
  http://www.xemacs.org/About/XEmacsVsGNUemacs.html  (Emacs/XEmacs  fork), 
  the  GCC/EGCS  fork  (later  healed  by  a  merger)  and  the  forks  among  the 
  FreeBSD,  NetBSD  and  OpenBSD  operating  systems. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  fork 
 
    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}. 
 
  (1996-12-08) 
 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  FORK,  n.  An  instrument  used  chiefly  for  the  purpose  of  putting  dead 
  animals  into  the  mouth.  Formerly  the  knife  was  employed  for  this 
  purpose,  and  by  many  worthy  persons  is  still  thought  to  have  many 
  advantages  over  the  other  tool,  which  however,  they  do  not  altogether 
  reject,  but  use  to  assist  in  charging  the  knife.  The  immunity  of 
  these  persons  from  swift  and  awful  death  is  one  of  the  most  striking 
  proofs  of  God's  mercy  to  those  that  hate  Him 
 
 




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