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


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

Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *faurga, from Latin fabrica, from faber, worker.
Probably from forge1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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