Farther
Far Far, a. [{Farther}and {Farthest}are used as the compar. and superl. of far, although they are corruptions arising from confusion with further and furthest. See {Further}.] [OE. fer, feor, AS. feor; akin to OS. fer, D. ver, OHG. ferro, adv., G. fern, a., Icel. fjarri, Dan. fjirn, Sw. fjerran, adv., Goth. fa[=i]rra, adv., Gr. ????? beyond, Skr. paras, adv., far, and prob. to L. per through, and E. prefix for-, as in forgive, and also to fare. Cf. {Farther}, {Farthest}.] 1. Distant in any direction; not near; remote; mutually separated by a wide space or extent. [1913 Webster]

They said, . . . We be come from a far country. --Josh. ix. 6. [1913 Webster]

The nations far and near contend in choice. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Remote from purpose; contrary to design or wishes; as, far be it from me to justify cruelty. [1913 Webster]

3. Remote in affection or obedience; at a distance, morally or spiritually; t enmity with; alienated. [1913 Webster]

They that are far from thee ahsll perish. --Ps. lxxiii. 27. [1913 Webster]

4. Widely different in nature or quality; opposite in character. [1913 Webster]

He was far from ill looking, though he thought himself still farther. --F. Anstey. [1913 Webster]

5. The more distant of two; as, the far side (called also off side) of a horse, that is, the right side, or the one opposite to the rider when he mounts. [1913 Webster]

Note: The distinction between the adjectival and adverbial use of far is sometimes not easily discriminated. [1913 Webster]

{By far}, by much; by a great difference.

{Far between}, with a long distance (of space or time) between; at long intervals. ``The examinations are few and far between.'' --Farrar. [1913 Webster]


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  • farther — farther, further 1. general. Further is the older form, being recorded in Old English and probably related to our word forth, while farther is a Middle English variant of further; from this stage the two words came to be used as the comparative… …   Modern English usage

  • farther — farther, further are often used without distinction though originally different words, farther being the comparative of far and further, in its adverbial form (as an adjective, it is without a positive), being the comparative of fore or forth. At …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Farther — Far ther, adv. 1. At or to a greater distance; more remotely; beyond; as, let us rest with what we have, without looking farther. [1913 Webster] 2. Moreover; by way of progress in treating a subject; as, farther, let us consider the probable… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Farther — Far ther (f[aum]r [th][ e]r), a., compar. of {Far}. [superl. {Farthest} ( [th][e^]st). See {Further}.] [For farrer, OE. ferrer, compar. of far; confused with further. Cf. {Farthest}.] 1. More remote; more distant than something else. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • farther — c.1300, variant of FURTHER (Cf. further) (q.v.), by 17c. it replaced ferrer as comparative of the descendant of O.E. fierr far (itself a comparative but no longer felt as one). Vowel change influenced by the root vowel, and confusion with M.E.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • farther — [fär′thər] adj. [ME ferther, var. of further, substituted for regular ferrer (compar. of fer) < OE fyrre, compar. of feorr, FAR] 1. compar. of FAR 2. more distant or remote 3. additional; further adv. 1. compar. of …   English World dictionary

  • Farther — Far ther, v. t. To help onward. [R.] See {Further}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • farther — [adv] at a greater distance beyond, further, longer, more distant, more remote, remoter, yon, yonder; concepts 586,778 Ant. closer, nearer …   New thesaurus

  • farther — 1 adverb 1 a greater distance than before or than something else; further: We d better not go any farther today. | farther away/apart etc: The boats were drifting farther and farther apart. | He heard a voice farther down the track. | farther… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • farther — far|ther1 [ˈfa:ðə US ˈfa:rðər ] adv 1.) a greater distance than before or than something else; a ↑comparative form of far = ↑further ▪ We decided not to go any farther. farther away/apart/down/along etc ▪ The boats were drifting farther and… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • farther — far•ther [[t]ˈfɑr ðər[/t]] adv. compar. of far with farthest as superl. 1) at or to a greater distance: to run farther down the road[/ex] 2) at or to a more advanced point: to go no farther in one s graduate studies[/ex] 3) at or to a greater… …   From formal English to slang

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