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farthest

[fahr-th ist] /ˈfɑr ðɪst/
adjective, superl. of far with farther as compar.
1.
most distant or remote.
2.
most extended; longest.
adverb, superl. of far with farther as compar.
3.
at or to the greatest distance.
4.
at or to the most advanced point.
5.
at or to the greatest degree or extent.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English ferthest; orig. variant of furthest

far

[fahr] /fɑr/
adverb
1.
at or to a great distance; a long way off; at or to a remote point:
We sailed far ahead of the fleet.
2.
at or to a remote or advanced time:
We talked far into the night.
3.
at or to a great, advanced, or definite point of progress, or degree:
Having come this far, we might as well continue.
4.
much or many:
I need far more time. We gained far more advantages.
adjective, farther or further, farthest or furthest.
5.
being at a great distance; remote in time or place:
a far country; the far future.
6.
extending to a great distance:
the far frontiers of empire.
7.
more distant of the two:
the far side.
Idioms
8.
a far cry (from). cry (def 27).
9.
as far as. as1 (def 18).
10.
by far,
  1. by a great deal; very much:
    too expensive by far.
  2. plainly; obviously:
    This melon is by far the ripest of the lot.
11.
far and away, by far; undoubtedly:
She is far and away the smartest one in the class.
12.
far and wide, to great lengths; over great distances:
He traveled far and wide in search of his missing son.
Also, far and near, near and far.
13.
far be it from me, I do not wish or dare (to interrupt, criticize, etc.):
Far be it from me to complain, but it's getting stuffy in here.
14.
far out, Slang.
  1. unconventional; offbeat:
    His sense of humor is far out.
  2. radical; extreme:
    political opinions that are far out.
  3. recondite or esoteric:
    an interest in art that was considered far out.
15.
few and far between. few (def 5).
16.
go far,
  1. to attain success:
    With so much talent he should go far.
  2. to have a great effect toward; help:
    The new evidence will go far toward proving the defendant's guilt.
17.
how far, to what distance, extent, or degree:
She didn't know how far they had gone in the mathematics text. How far do you think they can be trusted?
18.
on the far side of. side1 (def 26).
19.
so far,
  1. up to now:
    So far, I've had no reply to my request.
  2. up to a certain point or extent:
    We were able to plan only so far because of various factors beyond our control.
20.
so far so good, succeeding or managing adequately to this point; doing well thus far:
The work is difficult, but so far so good.
21.
the far side. side1 (def 29).
22.
thus far,
  1. up to the present; up to now:
    We have met no resistance to our plan thus far.
  2. to a particular degree, point, or extent:
    When you get thus far in the experiment, consult with the professor.
Origin
before 900; Middle English far, fer, Old English feorr; cognate with Old High German ferr, Old Norse fjar, Gothic fairra; akin to German fern far, Latin porrō forward, further
Related forms
farness, noun
overfar, adverb, adjective
unfar, adjective, adverb
Can be confused
fair, far, fare, flare (see synonym study at fair)
Usage note
See as1, farther.
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Examples from the web for farthest
  • At the farthest reach from the research university is the two-year college, often a community college.
  • The truth was that my topic placed me in the farthest sociological reaches of my interdisciplinary department.
  • They climbed over cardboard cartons to look into the container's farthest corners.
  • Together they follow the log until at last they roll it to the farthest reach of high tide.
  • And even where recovery has progressed farthest, it will not necessarily be permanent.
  • The beauty of network is bring all people around the world together no matter how farthest they are.
  • Three o'clock was the farthest point in her thoughts.
  • Instead of an isolated beggar, the farthest star felt him, and he felt the star.
  • Every pace she took was equal to the farthest range of human sight.
  • The small object orbit near the sun, and the bigger the object is the farthest it will be from the sun.
British Dictionary definitions for farthest

farthest

/ˈfɑːðɪst/
adverb
1.
to or at the greatest distance in space or time
adjective
2.
most distant in space or time
3.
most extended
Word Origin
C14 ferthest, from fertherfurther

far

/fɑː/
adverb farther, further, farthest, furthest
1.
at, to, or from a great distance
2.
at or to a remote time: far in the future
3.
to a considerable degree; very much: a far better plan
4.
as far as
  1. to the degree or extent that
  2. to the distance or place of
  3. (informal) with reference to; as for
5.
by far, by a considerable margin
6.
far and away, by a very great margin
7.
far and wide, over great distances; everywhere
8.
far be it from me, I would not presume; on no account: far be it from me to tell you what to do
9.
far gone
  1. in an advanced state of deterioration
  2. (informal) extremely drunk
10.
go far
  1. to be successful; achieve much: your son will go far
  2. to be sufficient or last long: the wine didn't go far
11.
go too far, to exceed reasonable limits
12.
how far?, to what extent, distance, or degree?
13.
in so far as, to the degree or extent that
14.
so far
  1. up to the present moment
  2. up to a certain point, extent, degree, etc
15.
so far, so good, an expression of satisfaction with progress made
adjective (prenominal)
16.
remote in space or time: a far country, in the far past
17.
extending a great distance; long
18.
more distant: the far end of the room
19.
a far cry
  1. a long way
  2. something very different
20.
far from, in a degree, state, etc, remote from: he is far from happy
Derived Forms
farness, noun
Word Origin
Old English feorr; related to Old Frisian fīr, Old High German ferro, Latin porro forwards, Greek pera further
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Word Origin and History for farthest
adj.

late 14c., superlative of far.

far

adj.

Old English feorr "far, remote, distant, to a great distance, long ago," from Proto-Germanic *ferro (cf. Old Saxon ferr, Old Frisian fer, Old Norse fjarre, Dutch ver, Old High German ferro, German fern, Gothic fairra), from PIE *per- "through, across, beyond" (cf. Sanskrit parah "farther, remote, ulterior," Hittite para "outside of," Greek pera "across, beyond," Latin per "through," Old Irish ire "farther"). Far East "China, Japan, and surrounding regions" is from 1838.

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