farther

adverb
far·​ther | \ ˈfär-t͟hər How to pronounce farther (audio) \

Definition of farther

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
2 : to a greater degree or extent see to it that I do not have to act any farther in the matter— Bernard DeVoto

farther

adjective

Definition of farther (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : more distant : remoter the farther side of town
2 : further sense 2 clearing his throat preparatory to farther revelations— Edith Wharton

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Synonyms for farther

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Adjective

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Farther vs. Further: Usage Guide

Adverb

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 and further the meaning of addition. needed no further invitation

Examples of farther in a Sentence

Adverb It's farther away than I'd thought. they had traveled farther down the Colorado River than any previous explorers Adjective the farther side of town for farther information on this condition, you should consult your family physician
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb People stood farther back when chatting with friends. Washington Post, "The limits of smartphone data are on display as the country seeks to reopen," 14 May 2020 In the case of HR 6819, one of the two visible stars orbits an invisible object every 40 days, while the other visible star orbits farther away. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Astronomers have discovered closest black hole yet in trinary star system," 7 May 2020 One balancing act, known as the conservation of angular momentum, means that Earth spins around faster when the moon is close by, and slower when the moon is farther away. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "The moon may have stretched early Earth into a potato shape," 15 Apr. 2020 As the potential end of the national shutdown continues to push farther back into the summer, landlords are also facing a difficult road. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Many states are helping renters avoid evictions during coronavirus pandemic. These 12 are not," 31 Mar. 2020 As the gate from the outdoor elephant yard lifted, a keeper admonished everyone to stand farther back, even though there were bars separating us from the animals. Justin Mott, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Are Learning How Asian Elephants Think—In Order to Save Them," 19 Mar. 2020 Non-college men, by contrast, backed Sanders with 37%, as Buttigieg came in a distant second in this group, with Klobuchar farther back. Gary Langer, ABC News, "Strong liberals lift Sanders, Buttigieg keeps a broad base as NH centrists bring Klobuchar into contention," 11 Feb. 2020 Parker can sample particles coming off the sun up close, while Solar Orbiter will fly farther back to capture more encompassing observations and provide broader context. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The Solar Orbiter mission has launched. It will give an unprecedented look at our sun," 10 Feb. 2020 In the 1960s, the engineer, Yanosuke Hirai, had insisted that the Onagawa Nuclear Power Station be built farther back from the sea and at higher elevation than initially proposed—ultimately nearly fifty feet above sea level. The Economist, "Open Future We’re designed to make bad choices but here’s what we can do," 6 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Borrow a page from the float-tripper’s book by launching at one access point and taking out at another farther downstream, to hit larger stretches of the river. Jim Spencer, Outdoor Life, "Float a River to Find a Turkey Hunting Hotspot," 4 May 2020 On the Right Bank, farther inland, merlot and cabernet franc are the main grapes. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Bordeaux is the original ‘wine blend,’ but it’s more contemporary and affordable than you might think," 13 Mar. 2020 Some have sea views, but even those farther inland can feature charming notes of Aruban traditional architecture, like central courtyards with pools and layouts intended to allow maximum ventilation for the trade winds to blow through. Shannon Sims, New York Times, "36 Hours in Aruba," 12 Mar. 2020 These are very similar to Nor'easters, but the center of the storm tends to be farther inland. Cnn Meteorologist Allison Chinchar, CNN, "The Colorado Hooker, Pineapple Express and other colorful winter storm names," 19 Dec. 2019 In colder climates, like Iceland, as fish like capelin head north other fish that were previously found farther south move into their waters. Kendra Pierre-louis, New York Times, "Warming Waters, Moving Fish: How Climate Change Is Reshaping Iceland," 29 Nov. 2019 While that's not an issue for distant stars or even for farther galaxies, stars closer to Earth will have a larger relative motion over the sorts of time involved here. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Finding stars that vanished—by scouring old photos," 24 Dec. 2019 For the farther boroughs of Staten Island and the Bronx the flat fee will be upped to $20. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "LaGuardia Airport Now Has $15 Flat-Rate Rides to Manhattan and Brooklyn," 15 Nov. 2019 Thursday, for Part Two (repeating through Sunday), Dudamel moseyed a bit farther west and a lot farther south. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Dudamel channels American cowboys, indigenous Mexicans, ethnic groups of South America," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of farther

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for farther

Adverb and Adjective

Middle English ferther, alteration of further

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The first known use of farther was in the 14th century

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19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Farther.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farther. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for farther

farther

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of farther

: more distant

farther

adverb
far·​ther | \ ˈfär-t͟hər How to pronounce farther (audio) \

Kids Definition of farther

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : at or to a greater distance or more advanced point They drove farther north.
2 : more completely The class grew interested as she explained her idea farther.

farther

adjective

Kids Definition of farther (Entry 2 of 2)

: more distant the farther hill

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