A fabrication is something made up, like a lie. Telling your boss that the subway broke down when in fact you just forgot to set your alarm is a fabrication.

The word fabrication was originally used to talk about manufacturing or construction, and it referred to the act of assembling something. Tires and steering wheels are necessary materials for automobile fabrication. Nowadays, the word fabrication is usually used to refer to the act of coming up with a story out of thin air. In this sense, a book of fiction is a fabrication, as is the lie you tell your girlfriend to explain why you forgot her birthday (again).

Definitions of fabrication

n the act of making something (a product) from raw materials

“the synthesis and fabrication of single crystals”
manufacture, manufacturing
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formation, shaping
the act of fabricating something in a particular shape
deliberately ambiguous and contradictory language use to mislead and manipulate the public
the manufacture of sections of a building at the factory so they can be easily and rapidly assembled at the building site
the act of using a file (as in shaping or smoothing an object)
shaping metal by heating and hammering
metalwork, metalworking
the activity of making things out of metal in a skillful manner
the act of forming something into granules or grains
grooving, rifling
the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of the barrel of a firearm
the activity of shaping something on a lathe
Type of:
creating from raw materials
the act of creating something that is different from the materials that went into it

n the act of constructing something (as a piece of machinery)

disassembly, dismantlement, dismantling
the act of taking something apart (as a piece of machinery)
Type of:
building, construction
the act of constructing something

n a deliberately false or improbable account

fable, fiction
a deliberately misleading fabrication
Type of:
falsehood, falsity, untruth
a false statement

n the deliberate act of deviating from the truth

lying, prevarication
fibbing, paltering
a trivial act of lying or being deliberately unclear
Type of:
falsification, misrepresentation
a willful perversion of facts

n writing in a fictional form

fictionalisation, fictionalization
Type of:
authorship, composition, penning, writing
the act of creating written works

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