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.
Far·thest a. Superl. of far. Most distant or remote; as, the farthest degree. See Furthest.
Far·thest adv. At or to the greatest distance. See Furthest.
adj 1: most distant or remote; "man's farthest goal"
2: (comparatives of `far') most remote in space or time or
order; "had traveled to the farthest frontier"; "don't go
beyond the farthermost (or furthermost) tree"; "explored
the furthest reaches of space"; "the utmost tip of the
peninsula" [syn: farthermost, furthermost, furthest,
adv 1: to the greatest distance in space or time (`farthest' is
used more often than `furthest' in this physical
sense); "see who could jump the farthest"; "chose the
farthest seat from the door"; "he swam the furthest"
2: to the greatest degree or extent or most advanced stage
(`furthest' is used more often than `farthest' in this
abstract sense); "went the furthest of all the children in
her education"; "furthest removed from reality"; "she goes
farthest in helping us" [syn: furthest]