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

  Fork \Fork\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Forked; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To shoot into blades, as corn.
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              The corn beginneth to fork.           --Mortimer.
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     2. To divide into two or more branches; as, a road, a tree,
        or a stream forks.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forked \Forked\, a.
     1. Formed into a forklike shape; having a fork; dividing into
        two or more prongs or branches; furcated; bifurcated;
        zigzag; as, the forked lighting.
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              A serpent seen, with forked tongue.   --Shak.
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     2. Having a double meaning; ambiguous; equivocal.
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     Cross forked (Her.), a cross, the ends of whose arms are
        divided into two sharp points; -- called also cross
        double fitch['e]. A cross forked of three points is a
        cross, each of whose arms terminates in three sharp
     Forked counsel, advice pointing more than one way;
        ambiguous advice. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. -- Fork"ed*ly,
        adv. -- Fork"ed*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: resembling a fork; divided or separated into two
             branches; "the biramous appendages of an arthropod";
             "long branched hairs on its legson which pollen
             collects"; "a forked river"; "a forked tail"; "forked
             lightning"; "horseradish grown in poor soil may develop
             prongy roots" [syn: bifurcate, biramous, branched,
             forked, fork-like, forficate, pronged, prongy]
      2: having two meanings with intent to deceive; "a sly double
         meaning"; "spoke with forked tongue" [syn: double,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  52 Moby Thesaurus words for "forked":
     V-shaped, Y-shaped, akimbo, angular, arboreal, arborescent,
     arboriform, bent, biforked, bifurcate, bifurcated, bisected,
     branched, branching, branchlike, cleft, cloven, cornered, crooked,
     crotched, dendriform, dendritic, dichotomous, dimidiate, divided,
     forking, forklike, furcal, furcate, geniculate, geniculated,
     halved, hooked, jagged, knee-shaped, pointed, pronged, ramified,
     ramous, riven, saw-toothed, sawtooth, serrate, sharp,
     sharp-cornered, split, tree-shaped, treelike, tridentlike,
     trifurcate, trifurcated, zigzag

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      1. [common after 1997, esp. in the Linux community] An open-source software
      project is said to have forked or be forked when the project group fissions
      into two or more parts pursuing separate lines of development (or, less
      commonly, when a third party unconnected to the project group begins its
      own line of development). Forking is considered a Bad Thing ? not merely
      because it implies a lot of wasted effort in the future, but because forks
      tend to be accompanied by a great deal of strife and acrimony between the
      successor groups over issues of legitimacy, succession, and design
      direction. There is serious social pressure against forking. As a result,
      major forks (such as the Gnu-Emacs/XEmacs split, the fissionings of the
      386BSD group into three daughter projects, and the short-lived GCC/EGCS
      split) are rare enough that they are remembered individually in hacker
      2. [Unix; uncommon; prob.: influenced by a mainstream expletive] Terminally
      slow, or dead. Originated when one system was slowed to a snail's pace by
      an inadvertent fork bomb.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      (Unix; probably after "fucked") Terminally slow, or
     dead.  Originated when one system was slowed to a snail's pace
     by an inadvertent fork bomb.
     [{Jargon File]

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