from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A furnace or hearth where metals are heated or wrought; a smithy.
  • n. A workshop where pig iron is transformed into wrought iron.
  • transitive v. To form (metal, for example) by heating in a forge and beating or hammering into shape.
  • transitive v. To form (metal) by a mechanical or hydraulic press.
  • transitive v. To give form or shape to, especially by means of careful effort: forge a treaty; forge a close relationship.
  • transitive v. To fashion or reproduce for fraudulent purposes; counterfeit: forge a signature.
  • intransitive v. To work at a forge or smithy.
  • intransitive v. To make a forgery or counterfeit.
  • intransitive v. To advance gradually but steadily: forged ahead through throngs of shoppers.
  • intransitive v. To advance with an abrupt increase of speed: forged into first place with seconds to go.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Furnace or hearth where metals are heated prior to hammering them into shape.
  • n. Workshop in which metals are shaped by heating and hammering them.
  • v. To shape a metal by heating and hammering.
  • v. To form or create with concerted effort.
  • v. To create a forgery of; to make a counterfeit item of; to copy or imitate unlawfully.
  • v. To move forward heavily and slowly (originally as a ship); to advance gradually but steadily; to proceed towards a goal in the face of resistance or difficulty.
  • v. To advance, move or act with an abrupt increase in speed or energy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place or establishment where iron or other metals are wrought by heating and hammering; especially, a furnace, or a shop with its furnace, etc., where iron is heated and wrought; a smithy.
  • n. The works where wrought iron is produced directly from the ore, or where iron is rendered malleable by puddling and shingling; a shingling mill.
  • n. The act of beating or working iron or steel; the manufacture of metallic bodies.
  • intransitive v. To commit forgery.
  • intransitive v. To move heavily and slowly, as a ship after the sails are furled; to work one's way, as one ship in outsailing another; -- used especially in the phrase to forge ahead.
  • transitive v. To form by heating and hammering; to beat into any particular shape, as a metal.
  • transitive v. To form or shape out in any way; to produce; to frame; to invent.
  • transitive v. To coin.
  • transitive v. To make falsely; to produce, as that which is untrue or not genuine; to fabricate; to counterfeit, as, a signature, or a signed document.
  • transitive v. To impel forward slowly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form by heating in a forge and hammering; beat into some particular shape, as a mass of metal.
  • To form or shape out in any way; make by any means; invent.
  • To fabricate by false imitation; specifically, in law, to make a false instrument (including every alteration of or addition to a true instrument) in similitude of an instrument by which one person could be obligated to another, with criminal intent, for the purpose of fraud and deceit: as, to forge coin; to forge a writing.
  • Synonyms To hammer out.
  • To fabricate, frame, manufacture, coin.
  • To commit forgery.
  • To move ahead slowly, with difficulty, or by mere momentum: said properly of a vessel, but also of other things: commonly with ahead. See ahead.
  • In farriery, to strike the heel of the front shoe with the toe of the hind shoe, producing a clicking sound.
  • n. In general, a place where anything is made, shaped, or devised; a workshop.
  • n. Specifically An open fireplace or furnace, fitted with a bellows or some other appliance for obtaining a blast to urge the fire, and serving to heat metal in order that it may be hammered into form.
  • n. A smithy or works where forging is done.
  • n. Any large iron-working shop.
  • n. The act of beating or working iron or steel; the manufacture of objects in metal.
  • n. A sort of hearth or furnace in which malleable iron is made directly from the ore, by the so-called “direct process.”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. move ahead steadily
  • v. move or act with a sudden increase in speed or energy
  • v. make something, usually for a specific function
  • v. create by hammering
  • v. make a copy of with the intent to deceive
  • n. furnace consisting of a special hearth where metal is heated before shaping
  • v. make out of components (often in an improvising manner)
  • n. a workplace where metal is worked by heating and hammering
  • v. come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort


Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *faurga, from Latin fabrica, from faber, worker.
Probably from forge1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French forge, early Old French faverge, from Latin fabrica ("workshop"), from faber ("workman in hard materials, smith") (genitive fabri). The verb is from Anglo-Norman forger ("to falsify"), from Old French forgier, from Latin fabrico ("to frame, construct, build"). (Wiktionary)
Make way, move ahead, most likely an alteration of force, but perhaps from forge (n.), via notion of steady hammering at something. Originally nautical, in referrence to vessels. (Wiktionary)


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