What does forge mean?

Definitions for forge
fɔrdʒ, foʊrdʒforge

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forgenoun

    furnace consisting of a special hearth where metal is heated before shaping

  2. forge, smithyverb

    a workplace where metal is worked by heating and hammering

  3. forge, hammerverb

    create by hammering

    "hammer the silver into a bowl"; "forge a pair of tongues"

  4. forge, fake, counterfeitverb

    make a copy of with the intent to deceive

    "he faked the signature"; "they counterfeited dollar bills"; "She forged a Green Card"

  5. invent, contrive, devise, excogitate, formulate, forgeverb

    come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort

    "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"

  6. forgeverb

    move ahead steadily

    "He forged ahead"

  7. forge, spurt, spirtverb

    move or act with a sudden increase in speed or energy

  8. shape, form, work, mold, mould, forgeverb

    make something, usually for a specific function

    "She molded the rice balls carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"

  9. fashion, forgeverb

    make out of components (often in an improvising manner)

    "She fashioned a tent out of a sheet and a few sticks"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FORGEnoun

    Etymology: forge, French.

    Now behold,
    In the quick forge and working-house of thought,
    How London doth pour out her citizens. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    In other part stood one, who at the forge
    Labouring, two massy clods of iron and brass
    Had melted. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    Th’ o’er-labour’d Cyclop from his task retires,
    Th’ Æolian forge exhausted of its fires. Alexander Pope, Statius.

    From no other forge hath proceeded a strange conceit, that to serve God with any set form of common prayer is superstitious. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 26.

  2. To Forgeverb

    Etymology: forger, old French.

    The queen of martials, And Mars himself conducted them; both which being forg’d of gold,
    Must needs have golden furniture. George Chapman, Iliad, b. xviii.

    Tyger with tyger, bear with bear you’ll find
    In leagues offensive and defensive join’d;
    But lawless man the anvil dares profane,
    And forge that steel by which a man is slain,
    Which earth at first for plough-shares did afford,
    Nor yet the smith had learn’d to form a sword. Nahum Tate, Juv.

    He was a kind of nothing, titleless,
    ’Till he had forg’d himself a name i’ th’ fire
    Of burning Rome. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    His heart’s his mouth:
    What his breast forges, that his tongue must vent. William Shakespeare.

    Those few names that the schools forged, and put into the mouths of their scholars, could never yet get admittance into common use, or obtain the licence of publick approbation. John Locke.

    Were I king,
    I should cut off the nobles for their lands:
    My more having would be as sauce
    To make me hunger more, that I should forge
    Quarrels unjust against the good and loyal,
    Destroying them for wealth. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.


  1. Forge

    A forge is a type of hearth used for heating metals, or the workplace (smithy) where such a hearth is located. The forge is used by the smith to heat a piece of metal to a temperature at which it becomes easier to shape by forging, or to the point at which work hardening no longer occurs. The metal (known as the "workpiece") is transported to and from the forge using tongs, which are also used to hold the workpiece on the smithy's anvil while the smith works it with a hammer. Sometimes, such as when hardening steel or cooling the work so that it may be handled with bare hands, the workpiece is transported to the slack tub, which rapidly cools the workpiece in a large body of water. However, depending on the metal type, it may require an oil quench or a salt brine instead; many metals require more than plain water hardening. The slack tub also provides water to control the fire in the forge.


  1. forge

    1. As a noun, a forge typically refers to a fireplace or furnace used for heating metals or the workshop where blacksmithing tasks are performed. 2. As a verb, "forge" can mean to shape a metal object by heating it in a fire and then beating or hammering it. 3. In another context, "forge" can also mean to create, develop, or establish something new, such as a relationship, agreement, or understanding. 4. It can also imply moving forward steadily or with determination, as in "forge ahead." 5. In a more negative context, it can mean to produce a false copy or imitation of a document, signature, banknote, or work of art, i.e., forging a painting or forging a signature.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forgenoun

    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

  2. Forgenoun

    the works where wrought iron is produced directly from the ore, or where iron is rendered malleable by puddling and shingling; a shingling mill

  3. Forgenoun

    the act of beating or working iron or steel; the manufacture of metalic bodies

  4. Forgenoun

    to form by heating and hammering; to beat into any particular shape, as a metal

  5. Forgenoun

    to form or shape out in any way; to produce; to frame; to invent

  6. Forgenoun

    to coin

  7. Forgenoun

    to make falsely; to produce, as that which is untrue or not genuine; to fabricate; to counterfeit, as, a signature, or a signed document

  8. Forgeverb

    to commit forgery

  9. Forgeverb

    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

  10. Forgeverb

    to impel forward slowly; as, to forge a ship forward

  11. Etymology: [See Forge, v. t., and for sense 2, cf. Forge compel.]


  1. Forge

    A forge is a hearth used for heating metals, or the workplace where the hearth is located. The forge is used by the smith to heat a piece of metal to a temperature where it becomes easier to shape, or to the point where work hardening no longer occurs. The metal is transported to and from the forge using tongs, which are also used to hold the workpiece on the smithy's anvil while the smith works it with a hammer. Finally the workpiece is transported to the slack tub, which rapidly cools the workpiece in a large body of water. The slack tub also provides water to control the fire in the forge.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forge

    fōrj, n. the workshop of a workman in iron, &c.: a furnace, esp. one in which iron is heated: a smithy: a place where anything is shaped or made.—v.t. to form by heating and hammering: to form: to make falsely: to fabricate: to counterfeit or imitate for purposes of fraud.—v.i. to commit forgery.—ns. Forge′man; Forg′er, one who forges or makes one guilty of forgery; Forg′ery, fraudulently making or altering any writing: that which is forged or counterfeited.—adj. Forg′etive (Shak.), that may forge or produce.—n. Forg′ing, a piece of metal shaped by hammering: act of one who forges: a form of overreaching in which the horse strikes the fore shoe with the toe of the hind one, clicking. [O. Fr. forge—L. fabricafaber, a workman.]

  2. Forge

    fōrj, v.t. to move steadily on (with ahead).

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. forge

    A portable forge is to be found in every ship which bears a rated armourer; and it can be used either on board or ashore.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. forge

    Every field-battery is provided with a forge. It consists, besides the limber, of a frame-work, on which are fixed the bellows, fire-place, etc. Behind the bellows is placed the coal-box, which has to be removed before the bellows can be put in position. In the limber-box are placed the smith’s tools, horseshoes, nails, and spare parts (iron) of carriages, harness, etc. The weight of the forge equipped for field-service is 3383 pounds for the battery, and 3370 pounds for the reserve. A forge for red-hot shot is a place where the balls are made red-hot before they are fired off. It is built about 5 or 6 feet below the surface of the ground, of strong brick-work, and an iron grate, upon which the balls are laid, with a very large fire under them.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FORGE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Forge is ranked #39052 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Forge surname appeared 564 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Forge.

    56.7% or 320 total occurrences were White.
    40% or 226 total occurrences were Black.
    1.9% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forge in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of forge in a Sentence

  1. Michael Connelly:

    That's my job, to forge the blade. To sharpen it. To use it without mercy or conscience. To be the truth in a place where everybody lies.

  2. Theresa May:

    Our trade and investment relationship is unrivalled – we are the largest investors in each other's economies, this week we have an opportunity to deepen this unique trading relationship and begin discussions about how we will forge a strengthened, ambitious and future-proof trade partnership.

  3. Andrew Schneider:

    What are man and woman if not members of two very different and warring tribes Yet decade after decade, century after century, they attempt in marriage to reconcile and forge a union. Why I don't know. Biological imperative Divine law Or just a desire to connect to that mysterious other In any case, it's always struck me as a hopeful thing.

  4. Muhammad Osman Farruk:

    This has further heightened the need for the government of the day to rise above all partisan and sectarian considerations and reach out to all sections of the people to forge national unity and reconciliation.

  5. James A. Froude:

    You cannot dream yourself into a character you must hammer and forge yourself one.

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