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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. resembling a fork; divided or separated into two branches;
- Example: "the biramous appendages of an arthropod"
- Example: "long branched hairs on its legson which pollen collects"
- Example: "a forked river"
- Example: "a forked tail"
- Example: "forked lightning"
- Example: "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;
- Example: "a sly double meaning"
- Example: "spoke with forked tongue"
[syn: double, forked]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fork \Fork\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Forked; p. pr. & vb. n. Forking.] 1. To shoot into blades, as corn. [1913 Webster] The corn beginneth to fork. --Mortimer. [1913 Webster] 2. To divide into two or more branches; as, a road, a tree, or a stream forks. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster] A serpent seen, with forked tongue. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Having a double meaning; ambiguous; equivocal. [1913 Webster] 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 points. Forked counsel, advice pointing more than one way; ambiguous advice. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. -- Fork"ed*ly, adv. -- Fork"ed*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

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

forked adj.,vi. 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 folklore. 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.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

forked (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] (1994-12-14)