See also:shaft or handle, the most
See also:familiar type of which is the table-
See also:fork for use in eating . In
See also:agriculture and horticulture the fork is used for pitching
See also:hay, and other
See also:green crops, manure, &c.; commonly this has two prongs, " tines "; for digging, breaking up
See also:soil, preparing for
See also:hand weeding and for planting the three-pronged fork is used . . The word is also applied to many
See also:objects which are characterizedby branching ends, as the tuning-fork, with two branching
See also:metal prongs, which on being struck vibrates and gives a musical note,used to give a standard of pitch; to the branching into two streams of a
See also:river, or the junction where a tributary runs into the
See also:main river; and in the human
See also:body, to that
See also:part where the legs branch off from the trunk . The furca, two pieces of
See also:wood fastened together in the
See also:form of the
See also:letter A, was used by the Romans as an instrument of punishment . It was placed over the shoulders of the criminal, and his hands were fastened to it, condemned slaves were compelled to carry it about with them, and those sentenced to be flogged would be tied to it; crucifixions were sometimes carried out on a similar shaped instrument . From the
See also:great defeat of the Romans by the
See also:Samnites at the
See also:battle of the Caudine Forks (Furculae Caudinae), a narrow
See also:gorge, where the vanquished were compelled to pass under the yoke (jugum), as a sign of submission, the expression " to pass through or under the forks " has been loosely used of such a disgraceful surrender . The " forks " in any allusion to this defeat should refer to the topographical name and not to the jugum, which consisted of two upright spears with a third placed transversely as a
See also:bar .
JOHANN NIKOLAUS FORKEL (1749-1818)
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