Some very early forks have survived with four prongs (or “tines”), others with three, and a greater number with two.
Press the tines of the fork into the bottom and the sides to dock the pastry.
Old English tind, a general Germanic word (cf. Old High German zint "sharp point, spike," Old Norse tindr "tine, point, top, summit," German Zinne "pinnacle"), of unknown origin.
The slender pointed end of an instrument, such as an explorer used in dentistry.
An instrument usually containing several individual prongs and used to introduce antigen, such as tuberculin, into the skin.