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

  • n. The act of forging, especially the illegal production of something counterfeit.
  • n. Something counterfeit, forged, or fraudulent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of forging metal into shape.
  • n. The act of forging, fabricating, or producing falsely; especially the crime of fraudulently making or altering a writing or signature purporting to be made by another, the false making or material alteration of or addition to a written instrument for the purpose of deceit and fraud; as, the forgery of a bond.
  • n. That which is forged, fabricated, falsely devised or counterfeited.
  • n. An invention, creation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of forging metal into shape.
  • n. The act of forging, fabricating, or producing falsely; esp., the crime of fraudulently making or altering a writing or signature purporting to be made by another; the false making or material alteration of or addition to a written instrument for the purpose of deceit and fraud.
  • n. That which is forged, fabricated, falsely devised, or counterfeited.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of forging or working metal into shape.
  • n. Invention; devising.
  • n. The act of fabricating or producing falsely; the making of a thing in imitation of another thing, as a legal document, commercial paper or coin, a literary production, a work of art, a natural object, etc., with a view to deceive, mislead, or defraud; specifically, the act of fraudulently making, counterfeiting, or altering any record, instrument, register, note, or the like, to the prejudice of the right of another: as, the forgery of a check or a bond.
  • n. That which is forged, fabricated, falsely or fraudulently devised, or counterfeited; any instrument which fraudulently purports to be that which it is not.

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

  • n. criminal falsification by making or altering an instrument with intent to defraud
  • n. a copy that is represented as the original

Etymologies

Recorded since recorded 1574; from the verb to forge, from Middle English, via Anglo-Norman forger from Old French forgier, from Latin fabricari "to frame, construct, fabricate", itself from fabrica 'workshop; construction', from faber 'workman, smith' (Wiktionary)

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