In software engineering, a project fork happens when developers take a copy of source code from one software package and start independent development on it, creating a distinct piece of software. The term often implies not merely a development branch, but a split in the developer community, a form of schism.

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  1. A pronged tool having a long straight handle, used for digging, lifting, throwing etc.
  2. A gallows.
  3. A utensil with spikes used to put solid food into the mouth, or to hold food down while cutting.
  4. A tuning fork.
  5. An intersection in a road or path where one road is split into two.
  6. 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.
  7. A point where a waterway, such as a river, splits and goes two (or more) different directions.
  8. Used in the names of some river tributaries, e.g. West Fork White River and East Fork White River, joining together to form the White River of Indiana
  9. A point in time where one has to make a decision between two life paths.
  10. The simultaneous attack of two adversary pieces with one single attacking piece (especially a knight).
  11. A splitting-up of an existing process into itself and a child process executing parts of the same program.
  12. An event where development of some free software or open-source software is split into two or more separate projects.
  13. Crotch.
  14. A forklift.
  15. The individual blades of a forklift.
  16. In a bicycle, the portion holding the front wheel, allowing the rider to steer and balance.


  1. To divide into two or more branches.
    A road, a tree, or a stream forks.
  2. To move with a fork (as hay or food).
  3. To spawn a new child process in some sense duplicating the existing process.
  4. To split a (software) project into several projects.
  5. To kick someone in the crotch.
  6. To shoot into blades, as corn does.

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