—farness, n.adv.1. at or to a great distance; a long way off; at or to a remote point: We sailed far ahead of the fleet.2. at or to a remote or advanced time: We talked far into the night.3. at or to a great, advanced, or definite point of progress, or degree: Having come this far, we might as well continue.4. much or many: I need far more time. We gained far more advantages.5. as far as. See as1 (def. 16).6. by far,a. by a great deal; very much: too expensive by far.b. plainly; obviously: This melon is by far the ripest of the lot.7. far and away, by far; undoubtedly: She is far and away the smartest one in the class.8. far and wide, to great lengths; over great distances: He traveled far and wide in search of his missing son. Also, far and near, near and far.9. far be it from me, I do not wish or dare (to interrupt, criticize, etc.): Far be it from me to complain, but it's getting stuffy in here.10. far out, Slang.a. unconventional; offbeat: His sense of humor is far out.b. radical; extreme: political opinions that are far out.c. recondite or esoteric: an interest in art that was considered far out.11. go far,a. to attain success: With so much talent he should go far.b. to have a great effect toward; help: The new evidence will go far toward proving the defendant's guilt.12. how far, to what distance, extent, or degree: She didn't know how far they had gone in the mathematics text. How far do you think they can be trusted?13. so far,a. up to now: So far, I've had no reply to my request.b. up to a certain point or extent: We were able to plan only so far because of various factors beyond our control.14. so far so good, succeeding or managing adequately to this point; doing well thus far: The work is difficult, but so far so good.15. thus far,a. up to the present; up to now: We have met no resistance to our plan thus far.b. to a particular degree, point, or extent: When you get thus far in the experiment, consult with the professor.adj.16. being at a great distance; remote in time or place: a far country; the far future.17. extending to a great distance: the far frontiers of empire.18. more distant of the two: the far side.[bef. 900; ME far, fer, OE feorr; c. OHG ferr, ON fjar, Goth fairra; akin to G fern far, L porro forward, further]Usage. See as, farther.
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