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.

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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  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. Gotz Aly:

    With Germany’s financial situation worsening by the day, the Nazi leadership in Berlin was keen to forge ahead with its annexation of Czechoslovakia and its domestic pogroms against Jews. The state treasury needed more money. Despite various accounting tricks, the government was just barely avoiding bankruptcy; if nothing was done, Germany’s financial problems would quickly be laid bare. The only hope was to go on the offensive.

  2. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying:

    It's time for all of us to move on, we should try to forge consensus on various economic and livelihood issues.

  3. United States:

    I forge a personal connection with them, and then ask them what they need, how can I help them.

  4. James A. Froude:

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

  5. Michael Connelly:

    The trick if you are sitting at the defense table is to be patient. To wait. Not just for any lie. But for the one you can grab on to and forge like hot iron into a sharpened blade. You then use that blade to rip the case open and spill its guts on the floor.

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