farther
I. adverb Etymology: Middle English ferther, alteration of further Date: 14th century 1. at or to a greater distance or more advanced point <
got no farther than the first page
>
<
nothing could be farther from the truth
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2. to a greater degree or extent <
see to it that I do not have to act any farther in the matter — Bernard DeVoto
>
Usage: Farther and further have been used more or less interchangeably throughout most of their history, but currently they are showing signs of diverging. As adverbs they continue to be used interchangeably whenever spatial, temporal, or metaphorical distance is involved. But where there is no notion of distance, further is used <
our techniques can be further refined
>
. Further is also used as a sentence modifier <
further, the workshop participants were scarcely optimistic — L. B. Mayhew
>
, but farther is not. A polarizing process appears to be taking place in their adjective use. Farther is taking over the meaning of distance <
the farther shore
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and further the meaning of addition <
needed no further invitation
>
. II. adjective Date: 14th century 1. more distant ; remoter <
the farther side of town
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2. further 2 <
clearing his throat preparatory to farther revelations — Edith Wharton
>

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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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