• Objects found at a 17th-century forge site at Jamestown: blacksmith’s tools, bar iron, a few incomplete items, sword guards, and slag. It appears that the forge was in operation as early as 1625
    Objects found at a 17th-century forge site at Jamestown: blacksmith’s tools, bar iron, a few incomplete items, sword guards, and slag. It appears that the forge was in operation as early as 1625
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v forge come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
    • v forge make a copy of with the intent to deceive "he faked the signature","they counterfeited dollar bills","She forged a Green Card"
    • v forge make out of components (often in an improvising manner) "She fashioned a tent out of a sheet and a few sticks"
    • v forge 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"
    • v forge create by hammering "hammer the silver into a bowl","forge a pair of tongues"
    • v forge move or act with a sudden increase in speed or energy
    • v forge move ahead steadily "He forged ahead"
    • n forge a workplace where metal is worked by heating and hammering
    • n forge furnace consisting of a special hearth where metal is heated before shaping
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first Bowie knife was forged at Washington, Arkansas.
    • Forge 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. "In the quick forge and working house of thought."
    • Forge The act of beating or working iron or steel; the manufacture of metallic bodies. "In the greater bodies the forge was easy."
    • Forge The works where wrought iron is produced directly from the ore, or where iron is rendered malleable by puddling and shingling; a shingling mill.
    • Forge To coin.
    • Forge To commit forgery.
    • Forge To form by heating and hammering; to beat into any particular shape, as a metal. "Mars's armor forged for proof eterne."
    • Forge To form or shape out in any way; to produce; to frame; to invent. "Those names that the schools forged , and put into the mouth of scholars, could never get admittance into common use.""Do forge a life-long trouble for ourselves."
    • v. t Forge (Naut) To impel forward slowly; as, to forge a ship forward.
    • Forge To make falsely; to produce, as that which is untrue or not genuine; to fabricate; to counterfeit, as, a signature, or a signed document. "That paltry story is untrue,
      And forged to cheat such gulls as you."
      "Forged certificates of his . . . moral character."
    • Forge (Naut) 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. "And off she [a ship forged without a shock."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A Texan convicted of robbery worked out a deal to pay $9600 in damages rather than serve a two-year prison sentence. For payment, he gave the court a forged check. He got his prison term back, plus eight more years.
    • n forge In general, a place where anything is made, shaped, or devised; a workshop.
    • n forge 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. Forges are of many shapes and sizes, ranging from small hand-furnaces heated with gas, for jewelers' use, to the largest furnaces for heating heavy forgings to be treated with a steam-hammer. They are sometimes portable, or mounted on wheels to be moved from place to place, as in the battery-forge. Military forges include an anvil and other appliances.
    • n forge A smithy or works where forging is done.
    • n forge Any large iron-working shop.
    • n forge The act of beating or working iron or steel; the manufacture of objects in metal.
    • n forge A sort of hearth or furnace in which malleable iron is made directly from the ore, by the so-called “direct process.” For carrying on this process successfully the ore must be rich and fusible, and charcoal (the only fuel employed) be obtainable at a moderate price. Various modifications of the forge were, and some of them still are, in use to a limited extent under the names of “Catalan,” “Biscayan,” and “Navarrese” forges. This process is also in use in America on Lake Champlain, and in the Lake Superior iron regions. The forge there employed does not differ much from the Catalan. Establishments of this kind are frequently called “bloomeries.” See bloomery, and Catalan furnace, under furnace.
    • forge To form by heating in a forge and hammering; beat into some particular shape, as a mass of metal.
    • forge To form or shape out in any way; make by any means; invent.
    • forge 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. See forgery, and compare counterfeit, n., 2.
    • forge Synonyms To hammer out.
    • forge To fabricate, frame, manufacture, coin.
    • forge To commit forgery.
    • forge 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.
    • forge In farriery, to strike the heel of the front shoe with the toe of the hind shoe, producing a clicking sound.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Forge fōrj 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 Forge to form by heating and hammering: to form: to make falsely: to fabricate: to counterfeit or imitate for purposes of fraud
    • v.i Forge to commit forgery
    • v.t Forge fōrj to move steadily on (with ahead).
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  • Arnold H. Glasgow
    Arnold H. Glasgow
    “Nothing splendid was ever created in cold blood. Heat is required to forge anything. Every great accomplishment is the story of a flaming heart.”
  • James A. Froude
    “You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”
  • James Joyce
    “Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.”
  • Clint Eastwood
    Clint Eastwood
    “I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.”
  • Marquis De Sade
    “Prejudice is the sole author of infamies: how many acts are so qualified by an opinion forged out of naught but prejudice!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. forge, fr. L. fabrica, the workshop of an artisan who works in hard materials, fr. faber, artisan, smith, as adj., skillful, ingenious; cf. Gr. soft, tender. Cf. Fabric


In literature:

None the less, it seemed easier to forge a letter than to avow himself penniless.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
I soon found that I was forging ahead of my companions.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
And, in 1255, there is another relating to forges in the same.
"Iron Making in the Olden Times as instanced in the Ancient Mines, Forges, and Furnaces of The Forest of Dean" by H. G. Nicholls
In the second act Lord Ashton shows a forged letter to his sister, which goes to prove that her lover is false.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
But the two of us must work at what I am going to forge.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
The executors of the will (the same in the forged will as in the genuine) were two simple shopkeepers living near.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
So Ilmarinen broke it into pieces and threw them back into the furnace, and tried again to forge the Sampo.
"Finnish Legends for English Children" by R. Eivind
The sword is forged now.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Below was Paris, known by its long line of reddish vapor, like the reflection of a blacksmith's forge.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
Each time he tucked inside his shirt as many forged iron spikes, bolts, and what not as he could safely carry.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine

In poetry:

Hast thou yet leisure
Left for the muses?
Heed'st thou the songsmith
Forging the rhyme?
"England My Mother" by William Watson
Yet do the songsmiths
Quit not their forges;
Still on life's anvil
Forge they the rhyme.
"England My Mother" by William Watson
Shall Jove, the Thunderer,
Twine his swift lightnings
With his loud thunders,
And forge thee a shackle?
"March" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Death knells forged of metal,
And a white beast hits the mire.
Brown lasses uncouth choir
Dies in leaves’ drifting prattle.
"Whispered Into Afternoon" by Georg Trakl
Love forged for me a golden chain
To bind my straying feet.
I dwelt in scented rose-leaf rain
And found the young years sweet.
"Wildness" by Blanche Shoemaker Wagstaff
Yes, let your tears, indignant, fall,
And leave your muskets on the wall;
Your country needs you now
Beside the forge, the plow!
"The Funeral Car Of Lincoln" by Richard Henry Stoddard

In news:

PH beat Colonial Forge in three sets to advance to the Northwest Region volleyball semifinals.
A Peacetime Hearing of the Shostakovich 'Leningrad,' Forged in War.
During the bitter cold winter at Valley Forge, Washington ordered the cooks to brew up plenty of pepper pot soup.
Old Forge School District getting new phone system .
Old Forge schools upgrading phones.
Lawyer is accused of using forged document to arrange her father's death, in case that involves a deadly assault and a sizable inheritance.
Allegations swirl in Pigeon Forge liquor vote.
PIGEON FORGE — There's no toasting this tally.
For Thanksgiving, New York has its parade, Pigeon Forge has the Titanic.
Opponents seek to cork Pigeon Forge liquor referendum results.
A coalition of church groups and others sued Wednesday to block sales of liquor by the drink in Pigeon Forge. Festive Times in Pigeon Forge And the Smoky Mountains.
Sevier County Shriners gathered at O'Charley's in Pigeon Forge Thursday night, February 12, for the announcement of this year's Poster Child , and to bring note to February as being the Shriners Burn Prevention Month.
Rochelle Williams is arrested on 27 felony counts of forging documents.
CASTLETON, Vt.–Lighting manufacturer Hubbardton Forge said it made the largest profit-sharing distribution in its 34-year history.

In science:

On this contacts with ma jor industrial partners are about to be forged.
A large scale prototype for a SiW electromagnetic calorimeter for a future linear collider
Consequently, the adversary can forge messages on behalf of P in E2 even though P is non-faulty in E2 .
A New Look at Composition of Authenticated Byzantine Generals
No player can forge any other player’s signature and the receiver can uniquely identify the sender of the message using the signature.
A New Look at Composition of Authenticated Byzantine Generals
However, the adversary can forge the signature of all the t players under its control.
A New Look at Composition of Authenticated Byzantine Generals
This is because the use of authentication limits the adversary’s ability to send forged messages.
A New Look at Composition of Authenticated Byzantine Generals