- to form by heating and hammering; beat into shape.
- to form or make, especially by concentrated effort: to forge a friendship through mutual trust.
- to imitate (handwriting, a signature, etc.) fraudulently; fabricate a forgery.
- to commit forgery.
- to work at a forge.
- (of a horse at a trot) to strike the forefeet with the shoes of the hind feet.
- a special fireplace, hearth, or furnace in which metal is heated before shaping.
- the workshop of a blacksmith; smithy.
Origin of forge1
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- to move ahead slowly; progress steadily: to forge through dense underbrush.
- to move ahead with increased speed and effectiveness (usually followed by ahead): to forge ahead and finish the work in a burst of energy.
Origin of forge2
Examples from the Web for forge
If we wondered where a forger would get the materials to forge a text like this, we need look no further than eBay.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts
November 23, 2014
Failing to forge lasting stability would leave us, this author and his like-minded aides, to call for a Transitional Council.The Nuclear Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most
November 22, 2014
Like Tomas and Ebba, sometimes the best way to handle the situation is to put your head down and forge ahead.‘Force Majeure’ and the Swedish Family Vacation From Hell
October 27, 2014
You were commended after the avian flu pandemic for your ability to forge such close friendships with international leaders.Meet America’s New Top Ebola Fighter
September 26, 2014
But could the myth be strong enough to forge an independent country?Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
Andrew Lanning was town bred and soft of skin from the work at the forge.Way of the Lawless
Macdonald strode to the forge and took out the bar of white-hot iron.In the Midst of Alarms
Siegfried took the broken pieces to the forge and began filing them to dust.Opera Stories from Wagner
We will say that he was unexpectedly found at his forge again.A Tale of Two Cities
There is not a blacksmith but is at his forge from morn to night at work upon pike-heads.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- a place in which metal is worked by heating and hammering; smithy
- a hearth or furnace used for heating metal
- a machine used to shape metals by hammering
- (tr) to shape (metal) by heating and hammering
- (tr) to form, shape, make, or fashion (objects, articles, etc)
- (tr) to invent or devise (an agreement, understanding, etc)
- to make or produce a fraudulent imitation of (a signature, banknote, etc) or to commit forgery
- to move at a steady and persevering pace
- to increase speed; spurt
Word Origin and History for forge
late 14c., "a smithy," from Old French forge (12c.) "forge, smithy," earlier faverge, from Latin fabrica "workshop," from faber (genitive fabri) "workman in hard materials, smith" (see fabric). As the heating apparatus itself, from late 15c.
c.1300, "to make, shape, create," from Old French forgier, from Latin fabricari "to frame, construct, build," from fabrica "workshop" (see forge (n.)). Meaning "to counterfeit" is early 14c. Related: Forged; forging.