- comparative form of far: more far; of or pertaining to being distant, or of greater distance in degree or of extension in time .
- More, additional.
- comparative form of far: more far
- ( conjunctive ) Also; in addition to.
- ( location ) A greater distance in space or time; farther .
- ( conjunctive ) Moreover; beyond what is already stated .
Some usage guides distinguish farther and further, with farther referring to distance, and further referring to degree or time. Others, such as the OED, recommend farther as a comparative form of far and further for use when it is not comparative.
Explanation of further by Wordnet Dictionary
- further complicated by uncertainty about the future
- let's not discuss it further
- nothing could be further from the truth
- they are further along in their research than we expected
- Further adv. [A comparative of forth; OE. further, forther, AS. furor, farur; akin to G. fürder. See Forth, adv.] To a greater distance; in addition; moreover. See Farther.
Carries us, I know not how much further, into familiar company. M. Arnold.
They sdvanced us far as Eleusis and Thria; but no further. Jowett ( Thucyd. ).
Further off, not so near; apart by a greater distance.
- Further, a. compar. [Positive wanting; superl. Furthest.]
1. More remote; at a greater distance; more in advance; farther; as, “the further end of the field”. See Farther.
2. Beyond; additional; as, “a further reason for this opinion; nothing further to suggest.”
☞ The forms further and farther are in general not differentiated by writers, but further is preferred by many when application to quantity or degree is implied.
- Further, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Furthered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Furthering.] [OE. furthren, forthren, AS. fyrðran, fyrðrian. See Further, adv.] To help forward; to promote; to advance; to forward; to help or assist.
This binds thee, then, to further my design. Dryden.
I should nothing further the weal public. Robynsom ( More's Utopia ).
Definition of further by GCIDE Dictionary