far·​thest | \ ˈfär-t͟həst How to pronounce farthest (audio) \

Definition of farthest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: most distant especially in space or time the farthest frontier the seat farthest from the door



Definition of farthest (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to or at the greatest distance in space or time who can jump the farthest
2 : to the most advanced point goes farthest toward answering the question
3 : by the greatest degree or extent : most the painting farthest removed from reality

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of farthest in a Sentence

Adjective the farthest reaches of space for privacy and quiet, we requested a hotel room that was farthest from the elevator Adverb He chose the seat farthest from the door. We had a contest to see who could hit a golf ball the farthest. This plan goes farthest toward achieving our goal. Of all the paintings, this one is the farthest removed from reality. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Some of the strongest condemnations of the censure resolution came from senators who are farthest from needing to face the voters. New York Times, 10 Feb. 2022 Saturday's full moon happens to coincide with the point where the moon is farthest from the Earth, also known as the apogee, making this moon a micromoon. Angela Eichhorst, CNN, 18 Dec. 2021 The rest of the show was a slaughterhouse of pounding techno and nostalgic anthems, elevated by a forest of laser lights that showered over the crowd from the front of the stage to the farthest rafters. Kat Bein, SPIN, 30 July 2022 The person who can throw a baseball the farthest wins. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 The jet stream at this time of year has generally shifted to its farthest north location for the season, up near the Canadian border or beyond. Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2022 At its farthest, the moon can be 250,000 miles away some times of the year. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 12 July 2022 The summer solstice is when the sun's rays are farthest north over the Tropic of Cancer, giving us our longest day and the official start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Forrest Brown, CNN, 21 Dec. 2021 Supermoons appear larger because of their close proximity to Earth, and experts say that the moon can appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when the full moon is farthest from Earth in its orbit. Sarah Raza, Detroit Free Press, 12 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Just announced: For the farthest-afield Loserly Vacation Safari since Las Vegas in 2008 (the closest: Washington, D.C., 2006), Loserfest Pope Kyle Hendrickson is organizing a trip to Canada-side Niagara Falls and surroundings. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 Today marks the exact point when the Northern hemisphere is tilted farthest away from the sun. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 22 Dec. 2021 That marks the minute that the Northern Hemisphere is tilted farthest away from the sun and is no longer losing daylight. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Dec. 2021 The winter solstice is an astronomical event and happens when the North Pole is tilted farthest away from the sun. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Dec. 2021 Now, similar to his All-Pro rookie year, James is being deployed throughout the defense, from the line of scrimmage to the player positioned farthest from the ball. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 Singapore has one of the world’s farthest-reaching anti-misinformation laws enacted in recent years. Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2021 Then came the SolarWinds attacks, a series of supply chain attacks that could turn out to be the farthest-reaching attacks many cybersecurity professionals will see in their entire careers. Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Perhaps the farthest-reaching example of violence perpetrated in the name of the environment is the Chinese Communist Party’s failed experiment in coercive population control. Andrew Follett, National Review, 30 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of farthest


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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far·​thest | \ ˈfär-t͟həst How to pronounce farthest (audio) \

Kids Definition of farthest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: most distant the farthest end of the beach



Kids Definition of farthest (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to or at the greatest distance in space or time She ran farthest.
2 : to the most advanced point

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