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 for In fork
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fork \Fork\ (f[^o]rk), 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
        for piercing, holding, taking up, or pitching anything.
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     2. Anything furcate or like a fork in shape, or furcate at
        the extremity; as, a tuning fork.
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     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.
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              Let it fall . . . though the fork invade
              The region of my heart.               --Shak.
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              A thunderbolt with three forks.       --Addison.
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     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.
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     5. The gibbet. [Obs.] --Bp. Butler.
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     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 The forks of a road, the branches
        into which it divides, or which come together to form it;
        the place where separation or union takes place.
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