Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. To or at a more distant or remote point: ran farther than the others.
  • adv. To or at a more advanced point or stage: I went no farther that day.
  • adv. Usage Problem To a greater extent or degree: carried the idea farther.
  • adj. More distant; remoter: the farther shore.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. comparative form of far: more far Of or pertaining to being distant, or of greater distance in degree or of extension in time.
  • adv. comparative form of far: more far

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. More remote; more distant than something else.
  • adj. Tending to a greater distance; beyond a certain point; additional; further.
  • adv. At or to a greater distance; more remotely; beyond.
  • adv. Moreover; by way of progress in treating a subject.
  • transitive v. To help onward. [R.] See further.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • At or to a greater distance; more distantly or remotely; beyond: as, be content without looking farther.
  • To a greater degree or extent; more; additionally.
  • More remote; more distant: as, Farther India.
  • Tending or reaching to a greater distance; further: as, here his farther progress was stayed.
  • Additional; increased.
  • Foreign; distant.
  • To promote; advance; help forward. See further.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. more distant in especially degree
  • adj. more distant in especially space or time
  • adv. to or at a greater distance in time or space (`farther' is used more frequently than `further' in this physical sense)
  • adv. to or at a greater extent or degree or a more advanced stage (`further' is used more often than `farther' in this abstract sense)

Etymologies

Middle English, variant (influenced by far, far) of further; see further.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Variant of further. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The geographer Guyot, himself a European, goes farther, —farther than I am ready to follow him; yet not when he says, —“As the plant is made for the animal, as the vegetable world is made for the animal world, America is made for the man of the Old World. …

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  • English, _Why you no come farther, Mr. Bear_ said he, _pray, Mr. Bear come farther_; and then indeed we all burst into a laughter; especially when we perceived Friday drop like a squirrel upon the ground, leaving the beast to make the best of his way down the tree.

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  • Those _Bishops and Martyrs_ It was the advice of Sir that assisted in this Reformation, Henry Wotton, "Take heed did not (as Sir _Henry Wotton_ of thinking the farther you go said wisely) think _the farther_ from the Church of Rome, they went from the Church of Rome, the nearer you are to God." the nearer they got to heaven.

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  • In this example, a conditional jump is made to TARGET, a label farther down in the code.

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  • How is this going to work for people like me that live farther from the closest city on a round trip than that?

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  • Nothing could be farther from the truth, and you need only look at the work to know it.

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  • If you are coming with a car the Motel Zacatecas farther from the center but with parking and its own small restaurant is on the main through town boulevard.

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  • We also found a trail that we believe is where it was the drag of its tail behind it, we found very shallow prints along the side of the drag but not to distinct because this was farther from the shore and drier, the prints and slides were near the shore and almost an inch deep because the ground was moist.

    Me and a couple friends of mine went fishing on the Arkansas River last night near Subiaco, AR.

  • That pressure came from high-end investors, who wanted more profitable (and more risky) loans, and the banks passed the pressure along to legislators – but it was for the purpose of making greater profits for their high-end investors, and they used the excuse of subprime borrowers to convince congress to act, as if they were simply acting out of humanitarian urges, when nothing was farther from the truth.

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  • Species that migrate with the sea ice edge or make forays to the ice edge from coastal areas may have to travel farther and expend more energy as the summer sea ice edge retreats farther from the coast and from the location of the winter ice edge, the agency said.

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