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Forge

Forge
1. 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. (Shak)
2. 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. The act of beating or working iron or steel; the manufacture of metalic bodies. In the greater bodies the forge was easy. (Bacon) American forge, a forge for the direct production of wrought iron, differing from the old Catalan forge mainly in using finely crushed ore and working continuously. Catalan forge.
a wagon fitted up for transporting a blackmith’s forge and tools. Portable forge, a light and compact blacksmith’s forge, with bellows, etc, that may be moved from place to place.
Origin: 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.


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