forkful

[fawrk-fool]
noun, plural forkfuls.
the amount a fork can hold.

Origin:
1635–45; fork + -ful, probably on the model of spoonful


See -ful.
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fork (fɔːk)
 
n
1.  a small usually metal implement consisting of two, three, or four long thin prongs on the end of a handle, used for lifting food to the mouth or turning it in cooking, etc
2.  an agricultural tool consisting of a handle and three or four metal prongs, used for lifting, digging, etc
3.  a pronged part of any machine, device, etc
4.  of a road, river, etc
 a.  a division into two or more branches
 b.  the point where the division begins
 c.  such a branch
5.  chiefly (US) the main tributary of a river
6.  chess a position in which two pieces are forked
 
vb
7.  (tr) to pick up, dig, etc, with a fork
8.  (tr) chess to place (two enemy pieces) under attack with one of one's own pieces, esp a knight
9.  (tr) to make into the shape of a fork
10.  (intr) to be divided into two or more branches
11.  to take one or other branch at a fork in a road, river, etc
 
[Old English forca, from Latin furca]
 
'forkful
 
n

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Example sentences
We eat it by the forkful, traditionally with sides of dill pickles, coffee and donuts.
Cautiously, she rolls up a forkful of pasta and dips it in the sauce.
Creamed spinach, though, needs to be wrung of cream before a forkful can safely be lifted to the mouth.
But it is so heavy that a single forkful sent shivers down my spine.
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