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Meaning of far by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old English feor. Cognate with Middle Low German vere .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /fɑː( ɹ )/, X-SAMPA: /fA:( \r )/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /fɑɹ/, X-SAMPA: /fAr\/
    • Rhymes: -ɑː( r )


    far ( comparative farther/further, superlative farthest/furthest )

    1. Remote in space .
      He went to a far country .
    2. Remote in time .
    3. Long .
      It was a far adventure, full of danger .
    4. More remote or longer of two .
      He moved to the far end of the state. She remained at this end .
    5. Extreme .
      We are on the far right on this issue .
    6. ( computing, not comparable ) Outside the currently selected segment in a segmented memory architecture .
      far heap
      far memory
      far pointer

    Derived terms


    far ( comparative farther/further, superlative farthest/furthest )

    1. Distant in space, time or degree .
      My house is quite far from the beach .
      The plan is good, but it is far from being flawless .
    2. To or from a great distance, time, or degree .
      You have all come far and you will go farther .
    3. ( with a comparative ) Very much .
      He was far richer than we'd thought .


    far ( plural: fars )

    1. spelt ( type of wheat )



    • arf, 'arf, ARF, RAF

Explanation of far by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. at or to or from a great distance in space

    2. he traveled far
      strayed far from home
      sat far away from each other
    3. remote in time

    4. if we could see far into the future
      all that happened far in the past
    5. to a considerable degree

    6. a far far better thing that I do
      felt far worse than yesterday
      eyes far too close together
    7. at or to a certain point or degree

    8. I can only go so far before I have to give up
      how far can we get with this kind of argument?
    9. to an advanced stage or point

    10. a young man who will go very far
    1. located at a great distance in time or space or degree

    2. we come from a far country
      far corners of the earth
      the far future
      a far journey
      the far side of the road
      far from the truth
      far in the future
    3. being of a considerable distance or length

    4. a far trek
    5. beyond a norm in opinion or actions

    6. the far right
    7. being the animal or vehicle on the right or being on the right side of an animal or vehicle

    8. the horse on the right is the far horse
      the right side is the far side of the horse
    1. a terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the government dominated by Tutsi and to institute Hutu control again

    Definition of far by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Far n. [See Farrow.] ( Zool. ) A young pig, or a litter of pigs.

    2. Far, a. [Farther and Farthest are used as the compar. and superl. of far, although they are corruptions arising from confusion with further and furthest. See Further.] [OE. fer, feor, AS. feor; akin to OS. fer, D. ver, OHG. ferro, adv., G. fern, a., Icel. fjarri, Dan. fjirn, Sw. fjerran, adv., Goth. faīrra, adv., Gr. beyond, Skr. paras, adv., far, and prob. to L. per through, and E. prefix for-, as in forgive, and also to fare. Cf. Farther, Farthest.]
      1. Distant in any direction; not near; remote; mutually separated by a wide space or extent.

      They said, . . . We be come from a far country. Josh. ix. 6.

      The nations far and near contend in choice. Dryden.

      2. Remote from purpose; contrary to design or wishes; as, “far be it from me to justify cruelty”.

      3. Remote in affection or obedience; at a distance, morally or spiritually; t enmity with; alienated.

      They that are far from thee ahsll perish. Ps. lxxiii. 27.

      4. Widely different in nature or quality; opposite in character.

      He was far from ill looking, though he thought himself still farther. F. Anstey.

      5. The more distant of two; as, “the far side ( called also off side ) of a horse, that is, the right side, or the one opposite to the rider when he mounts”.

      ☞ The distinction between the adjectival and adverbial use of far is sometimes not easily discriminated.

      By far, by much; by a great difference. -- Far between, with a long distance ( of space or time ) between; at long intervals. “The examinations are few and far between.” Farrar.

    3. Far, adv.
      1. To a great extent or distance of space; widely; as, “we are separated far from each other”.

      2. To a great distance in time from any point; remotely; as, “he pushed his researches far into antiquity”.

      3. In great part; as, “the day is far spent”.

      4. In a great proportion; by many degrees; very much; deeply; greatly.

      Who can find a virtuous woman ? for her price is far above rubies. Prov. xxxi. 10.

      As far as, to the extent, or degree, that. See As far as, under As. -- Far off. At a great distance, absolutely or relatively. Distant in sympathy or affection; alienated. “But now, in Christ Jesus, ye who some time were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” Eph. ii. 13. -- Far other, different by a great degree; not the same; quite unlike. Pope. -- Far and near, at a distance and close by; throughout a whole region. -- Far and wide, distantly and broadly; comprehensively. “Far and wide his eye commands.” Milton. -- From far, from a great distance; from a remote place.

      ☞ Far often occurs in self-explaining compounds, such as far-extended, far-reaching, far-spread.