- The definition of farther is something described as having a greater physical distance. The distance would have been measured.
An example of the use of farther as an adjective is in the sentence, "The blue house is farther down the street than the brown house," which means measurements to both houses from the starting point were taken and the brown house is closer to the starting point than the blue house.
- Farther is defined as a greater physical distance, a distance that has been measured.
An example of farther used as an adverb is in the sentence, "The pink coffee mug was placed farther away than the green one," which means that the distances away from the starting point were measured for both mugs and the green coffee mug is closer.
- more distant or remote
- additional; further
Origin of fartherMiddle English ferther, variant, variety of further, substituted for regular ferrer (compar. of fer) ; from Old English fyrre, comparative of feorr, far
- at or to a greater distance or more remote point in space or time
- to a greater degree or extent; further
- Archaic in addition; further
adverbA comparative of far.
- To or at a more distant or remote point: ran farther than the others.
- To or at a more advanced point or stage: I went no farther that day.
- Usage Problem To a greater extent or degree: carried the idea farther.
adjectiveA comparative of far.
Origin of fartherMiddle English, variant (influenced by far, far) of further; see further. Usage Note: Many writers since the Middle English period have used farther and further interchangeably. A relatively recent rule, however, states that farther should be reserved for physical distance and further for nonphysical, metaphorical advancement. The Usage Panel has favored this rule for some time. In our 1987 survey, 74 percent of the Usage Panel preferred farther in the sentence If you are planning to drive any farther than Ukiah, you'd better carry chains, while 64 percent preferred further in the sentence We won't be able to answer these questions until we are further along in our research. While the use of both adverbs was acceptable in these examples in our 2009 survey, only 62 percent accepted the use of further in the drive sentence quoted above, and only 58 percent accepted farther in the research example. Approval of usage following the rule was nearly unanimous.
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.
However, most authorities consider the two interchangeable in most or all circumstances, and historically they have not been distinguished.
Variant of further.
farther - Computer Definition
- More distant in space or time, particularly where there is a notion of physical distance.
- Erroneously used to mean to a greater extent. See also further.