forge

\ \ Forgemake’ [13] and forge ahead [17] are two quite distinct and unrelated words in English. The former’s now common connotation of ‘faking’ is in fact a purely English development (dating from the late 14th century) in a word whose relatives in other languages (such as French forger) mean simply ‘make – especially by working heated metal’. It comes via Old French forger from Latin fabricāremake’ (source also of English fabricate, which has similarly dubious connotations). The related noun forge goes back to Latin fabrica (whence also English fabric), amongst whose specialized senses was ‘blacksmith’s workshop’. Forgemove powerfully’, as in forge ahead, may be an alteration of force.
\ \ Cf.FABRIC

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

Synonyms:
(for heavy work), , (metal), , (by heating and hammering), , / (to make iron more malleable), , , , , / , ,


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  • forge — forge …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • forge — [ fɔrʒ ] n. f. • XIIe aussi faverge; provenç. faurga, du lat. fabrica « atelier » 1 ♦ Cour. Atelier où l on travaille les métaux au feu et au marteau. Artisans, ouvriers d une forge. ⇒ forgeron. Forge d orfèvre, de serrurier. Forge de maréchal… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Forge — (f[=o]rj), n. [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}.] 1. A place or establishment where iron or other metals… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forge — [fɔːdʒ ǁ fɔːrdʒ] verb [transitive] 1. LAW to produce a document or money that is not Genuine (= real), or to sign something with a false name: • They had forged some company documents and set up phoney ( …   Financial and business terms

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  • Forge — ist der Name folgender Personen: Andrew Forge (1923–2002), englischer Künstler Jean Forge, Pseudonym von Jan Fethke (1903–1980), deutsch polnischer Filmregisseur Forge bezeichnet folgende Orte: La Forge, Gemeinde im französischen Département… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Forge — Forge, v. i. [See {Forge}, v. t., and for sense 2, cf. {Forge} compel.] 1. To commit forgery. [1913 Webster] 2. (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forgé — forgé, ée (for jé, jée) part. passé de forger. 1°   Travaillé à la forge. Fer forgé. 2°   Fig. Un mot forgé, mot inventé, fabriqué.    Écrit forgé, écrit supposé, qui porte une fausse attribution. •   Il [Charles XII] les appela médiateurs… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • forge — ‘make’ [13] and forge ahead [17] are two quite distinct and unrelated words in English. The former’s now common connotation of ‘faking’ is in fact a purely English development (dating from the late 14th century) in a word whose relatives in other …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • forge — forge·a·bil·i·ty; forge·able; forge·man; forge; re·forge; …   English syllables

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