Hypertext Webster Gateway: "forked"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Fork \Fork\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Forked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
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)

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.

A serpent seen, with forked tongue. --Shak.

2. Having a double meaning; ambiguous; equivocal.

{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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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}, {pronged},
2: having two meanings with intent to deceive; "a sly double
meaning"; "spoke with forked tongue" [syn: {double}]

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