farthest

1 of 2

adjective

far·​thest ˈfär-t͟həst How to pronounce farthest (audio)
: most distant especially in space or time
the farthest frontier
the seat farthest from the door

farthest

2 of 2

adverb

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
That's close to the farthest point in its orbit, which is 252,088 miles away, according to NASA. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2023 Shortly before entering that orbit, NASA says Orion will travel 57, 287 miles beyond the moon at its farthest point from the lunar surface. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, 23 Nov. 2022 At its farthest point, Orion is expected to reach up to 270,000 miles from Earth. Jacquelyne Germain, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Nov. 2022 The comet Tempel-Tuttle, which last passed through the inner solar system in 1998, has just passed its farthest point from the sun and is now on its inbound leg of its journey around the sun. oregonlive, 16 Nov. 2022 At its farthest point, Jupiter is around 600 million miles away from Earth. Julia Musto, Fox News, 21 Sep. 2022 At its farthest, the capsule was more than 268,000 miles from Earth. Marcia Dunn, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Dec. 2022 At its farthest, the capsule was more than 268,000 miles (430,000 kilometers) from Earth. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Dec. 2022
Adverb
Maybe the Los Angeles game (Galaxy vs. LAFC) is farthest along in that respect. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 2 Mar. 2024 The mountain lion’s voyage is one of the farthest recorded, researchers said. Brooke Baitinger, Idaho Statesman, 14 Feb. 2024 Advertisement The maneuver refers to when drivers or passengers open car doors with the hand farthest from the door, which prompts them to turn their shoulder and look at the road. Angie Orellana Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2023 The overall lifetime cancer risk (per million) from toxins associated with traffic is 2.9 times higher when comparing neighborhoods closest and farthest away from a highway, according to the NATA. Mark Nichols, ABC News, 20 Sep. 2023 Some may refer to it as the hotel farthest from town, but for those in the know, Le Toiny is an intimate hideaway with only 22 sprawling suites nestled within 17 acres of tropical land. Angelina Villa-Clarke, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Nov. 2023 The 2023 eclipse is an annular solar eclipse, which occurs when the moon is farthest away from the Earth. Solcyre Burga, TIME, 13 Oct. 2023 The process starts with the objective lenses, which are the ones farthest away from your eyes. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 28 June 2023 The hotel staff first noticed some damage to the pier’s braces following stormy weather in March, prompting its owners to close the section of the pier farthest from the shoreline that takes the brunt of the waves. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of farthest was in the 14th century

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“Farthest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farthest. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

farthest

1 of 2 adjective
far·​thest ˈfär-t͟həst How to pronounce farthest (audio)
: most distant in space or time

farthest

2 of 2 adverb
1
: to or at the greatest distance in space or time : remotest
2
: to the most advanced point
3
: by the greatest degree or extent : most

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