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noun [countable] fork pronunciation in British English /fɔː(r)k/
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  1. 1
    a metal or plastic object used for eating, consisting of a handle with three or four sharp points on the end

    Beat the mixture with a fork to blend the ingredients.

  2. 2
    a garden tool used for breaking up the earth that consists of a long handle with three or four sharp metal points on the end
  3. 3
    a place where a road, path, or river divides into two parts to form a shape like a ‘Y
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    an operating system that has developed from and is slightly different from an operating system that is still currently being used

    So, I’ll spell out what I think is happening here. We’re seeing an Android fork. There will be one line for smartphones, the current Android 2.3, Gingerbread, line, and the forthcoming Android 3, Honeycomb, line.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 09/11/2011

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