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.]
1. Distant in any direction; not near; remote; mutually separated by a wide space or extent.
They said, . . . We be come from a far country. --Josh. ix. 6.
The nations far and near contend in choice. --Dryden.
2. Remote from purpose; contrary to design or wishes; as, far be it from me to justify cruelty.
3. Remote in affection or obedience; at a distance, morally or spiritually; t enmity with; alienated.
They that are far from thee ahsll perish. --Ps. lxxiii. 27.
4. Widely different in nature or quality; opposite in character.
He was far from ill looking, though he thought himself still farther. --F. Anstey.
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.
Note: ☞ The distinction between the adjectival and adverbial use of far is sometimes not easily discriminated.
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.
Far·ther a., compar. of Far. [superl. Farthest See Further.]
1. More remote; more distant than something else.
2. Tending to a greater distance; beyond a certain point; additional; further.
Before our farther way the fates allow. --Dryden.
Let me add a farther Truth. --Dryden.
Some farther change awaits us. --MIlton.
1. At or to a greater distance; more remotely; beyond; as, let us rest with what we have, without looking farther.
2. Moreover; by way of progress in treating a subject; as, farther, let us consider the probable event.
No farther, (used elliptically for) go no farther; say no more, etc.
It will be dangerous to go on. No farther ! --Shak.
Far·ther, v. t. To help onward. [R.] See Further.
adj 1: at a great distance in time or space or degree; "we come
from a far country"; "far corners of the earth"; "the
far future"; "a far journey"; "the far side of the
road"; "far from the truth"; "far in the future" [ant:
2: being of a considerable distance or length; "a far trek"
3: being the animal or vehicle on the right or being on the
right side of an animal or vehicle; "the horse on the
right is the far horse"; "the right side is the far side
of the horse"
4: beyond a norm in opinion or actions; "the far right"
n : a terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the
government dominated by Tutsi and to reinstitute Hutu
control; "in 1999 ALIR guerrillas kidnapped and killed
eight foreign tourists" [syn: Army for the Liberation of
Rwanda, ALIR, Former Armed Forces, Interahamwe]
adv 1: to a considerable degree; very much; "a far far better thing
that I do"; "felt far worse than yesterday"; "eyes far
too close together"
2: at or to or from a great distance in space; "he traveled
far"; "strayed far from home"; "sat far away from each
3: at or to a certain point or degree; "I can only go so far
before I have to give up"; "how far can we get with this
kind of argument?"
4: remote in time; "if we could see far into the future"; "all
that happened far in the past"
5: to an advanced stage or point; "a young man who will go very
[also: further, farther]
adj 1: more distant in especially space or time; "they live in the
2: more distant in especially degree; "nothing could be further
from the truth"; "further from our expectations"; "farther
from the truth"; "farther from our expectations" [syn: further]
adv 1: to or at a greater extent or degree or a more advanced stage
(`further' is used more often than `farther' in this
abstract sense); "further complicated by uncertainty
about the future"; "let's not discuss it further";
"nothing could be further from the truth"; "they are
further along in their research than we expected";
"the application of the law was extended farther"; "he
is going no farther in his studies" [syn: further]
2: to or at a greater distance in time or space (`farther' is
used more frequently than `further' in this physical
sense); "farther north"; "moved farther away"; "farther
down the corridor"; "the practice may go back still
farther to the Druids"; "went only three miles further";
"further in the future" [syn: further]