Definition of furthest in English:


(also farthest)

  • used as superlative of far


  • 1[attributive] Situated at the greatest distance from a specified or understood point:

    ‘the furthest door led to a kitchen’
    figurative ‘it was the furthest thing from my mind’
    • ‘All four of them were hustled into the back seat of the limo like 4 year olds and sat down on the furthest seat from the door as they could.’
    • ‘You see, this is how it went: I did the seance in a hidden room in the farthest part of the house from the front door.’
    • ‘At the furthest end of the alley he knocked on a steel door and after a few seconds it was opened.’
    • ‘I crouched down into the farthest corner from the door, huddling into a ball, making myself as small as possible.’
    • ‘There was a closet in the farthest corner and a door to a balcony.’
    • ‘Commentating is the furthest thing from my thoughts but if I'm ultimately led down that route then I will throw myself into it like I have done with my game.’
    • ‘He felt his head roll with his movement, and lowered it between his shoulders a bit before pulling open one of the furthest doors.’
    • ‘I walked into the washroom and into the furthest stall, shutting the door and locking it behind me.’
    • ‘It was sort of plain and lonely looking with blue sheets and a single dresser on the farthest wall from the door.’
    • ‘Adam pulled him into the furthest bedroom and shut the door behind them.’
    • ‘I crossed through the dimly-lit smoky atmosphere and sat down at my normal booth in the furthest corner from the door.’
    • ‘Sense of place brings us to the fourth and final section, and is both the final and farthest leg of our migration.’
    • ‘A very large bedroom, with two beds situated at the farthest corners from each other.’
    • ‘He'd sit in the furthest corner from the door and drink it all in, always keeping one eye on his dad.’
    • ‘It was the farthest object from the door except for the sturdy table squeezed between the light teal wall and a dresser or cabinet made of dark wood.’
    • ‘I headed for the furthest door down the hall and pounded hard.’
    • ‘John maneuvered the two of them around the chairs and to the farthest door on the left.’
    • ‘The woman pointed to the farthest door on the left.’
    • ‘Situated in the farthest corner of the glade was a slight embankment, leading down into a large, crystal clear lake.’
    • ‘According to the developer, every apartment will have water frontage with the furthest apartment situated 20 metres from the river.’
    most distant, most remote, remotest, farthest away, furthest away, farthest, furthermost, farthermost
    outlying, outer, outermost, extreme, uttermost, ultimate, very
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    1. 1.1 Covering the greatest area or distance:
      ‘the aim is to travel the furthest distance’
      • ‘People will be asked to pay £1 to guess the furthest distance a balloon will travel over three weeks following the release.’
      • ‘The record for the furthest distance flown had been held by Brian Jones and Bertrand Piccard, who were the first pilots to circumnavigate the world, non-stop, in a balloon in 1999.’
      • ‘We talked about its weight, its price and the furthest distance he's gone in one flight.’
      • ‘The geography of Cumbria, appealing though it is to tourists and landscape painters, is not conducive to assembling a rugby team for midweek winter practice, though we salute the commitment of those who travel furthest.’
      • ‘Nicola Gunn and the Desolation Angels Company of Melbourne, Australia came the furthest distance to attend the Calgary fringe, and audiences were glad they did.’
      • ‘He even beats the MP for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, who has to travel by plane between different islands and has the furthest distance to travel to Westminster.’
      • ‘Nathan Cohen can possibly claim he has come the furthest distance.’
      • ‘The rules are simple - the plane that flies the furthest distance wins.’
      • ‘Teams from schools across the country designed and built their own cars with the aim of attaining the furthest distance they could within six hours.’
      • ‘The person who guessed the furthest distance travelled by a balloon will win the opportunity to have a personalised message flown by plane over the house of whoever they choose.’
      • ‘That is, they had the javelin, they had the discus, and the winner was the person who threw the javelin or the discus the farthest distance.’
      • ‘There is also a £10 prize for the person who finds and returns the balloon which is calculated to have travelled the furthest distance from the show.’
      • ‘It is so easy to get around the farthest distances, thanks to their train and tram network that connects even the remotest suburbs with the City Loop.’
      • ‘The Flyathon event, which starts at 2.30 pm, will invite people to throw their plane the furthest distance.’
      • ‘On the water 16 countries will line up with Melbourne University Rowing Club from Australia having travelled the furthest distance to compete.’
      • ‘Kath plays with Blackburn Hockey Club once a week, but has taken to running five times a week, clocking up her furthest distance of 16 miles.’
      • ‘Fly In, the furthest flights will win high value prices’
      • ‘Yet, incredibly, this is not the furthest distance he has ever covered, having run 1,150 miles in 18 consecutive days some 20 years ago.’
      • ‘I have only run once in the last three weeks and the furthest distance I have ever covered is 8.3 miles, the last mile and a bit of which I had to walk.’
      • ‘We'll take off from Albuquerque, and the object is to fly the farthest distance.’
      • ‘The Rawcliffe Primary School pupil learned to swim last Easter and it was the furthest distance she had ever tackled.’
    2. 1.2 Extremely remote:
      ‘the furthest ends of the earth’
      • ‘I mean, this pushes the farthest extremes of dissent.’
      • ‘Such anti-realist, sometimes anti-content arguments have been taken to their furthest extreme in discussions of screen violence.’
      • ‘Contained on this little slab of orange coloured vinyl are two absolute gems for those of you who like to push your adventurous listening to the furthest extremes of dissonance; once you hear it, you'll be hooked like a kid on a sugar rush.’
      • ‘Well, it's not difficult to get fizzy drinks to the furthest, you know, reaches of Africa.’
      • ‘To fulfil his task, Enoch travels to the farthest extremes of the earth, encountering fantastic columns of fire and trees of judgment, seeing the storehouses of the winds and the mountains where thunder is kept.’
      • ‘How, if Christie wrote such rubbish, can we explain the fact that her works have resonated even at the farthest extremes of geography and history?’
      • ‘His rein stretches not only from the farthest reaches of outer space but deep into the personal lives of every man, woman, and child on the twelve colonized worlds.’
      • ‘At the age of 16 he decided to get out of town in the most extreme way possible, and went to the furthest corner of the United States.’
      • ‘The scientists who work with these tiniest of raw materials see a world just as mesmerizing as those who study the farthest reaches of outer space.’
      • ‘And then we go to the furthest extreme, and that is the other with the capital ‘O.’’
      • ‘That is, all hydrogen atoms - whether here on Earth or in the farthest reaches of outer space - have only a single proton in their nucleus.’
      • ‘If he wanted to really challenge assimilationism, he should not have chosen as his target the furthest extremes of the movement.’
      • ‘At the furthest extreme of the preservationist end of the spectrum is what used to be called the appropriate technology movement and now is sometimes called the neo-Luddite movement.’
      most distant, most remote, remotest, farthest away, furthest away, farthest, furthermost, farthermost
      outlying, outer, outermost, extreme, uttermost, ultimate, very
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  • 1At or by the greatest distance (used to indicate how far one thing or person is or becomes distant from another):

    ‘the bed furthest from the window’
    figurative ‘the people who are furthest removed from the political process’
    • ‘I crawled over to the corner farthest from the window.’
    • ‘Kat and Jeff claimed the bed furthest from the TV.’
    • ‘His bed was the furthest from the door, there were no windows as they were in the dungeons, but there was a fireplace half way down the room.’
    • ‘Yet ironically he is, of all the African slaves, the one farthest removed from both his African heritage and his fellow slaves.’
    • ‘My tribes that are furthest apart are, I think, action movies and Engrish stationary.’
    • ‘They had picked the one that was farthest from the beds in efforts to avoid waking up the girls.’
    • ‘There was a thin rope laying spread out on the floor by the wall furthest from my bed.’
    • ‘The first papers to be removed should be those that are furthest away from the ‘toilet’.’
    • ‘I asked as I sat, well was sat, on one of the beds furthest from the door.’
    • ‘So we left, walking the furthest apart from each other ever.’
    • ‘I'd chosen the seat next to the wall farthest from the windows and from where I sat, I had quite a bit of privacy.’
    • ‘With only 440,000 people, it is the least populated of the boroughs; it is also the one furthest removed culturally from the rest of the city.’
    • ‘I took the bed furthest from the door because I didn't want to make Kate walk any more than she had to.’
    • ‘At the command of the passer, the player furthest from the passer sets a pick as indicated.’
    • ‘That step could be identified as the enzyme that was farthest removed from equilibrium.’
    • ‘The inn was farthest from the baths and most of the building was hidden in the corner.’
    • ‘The center distance between the two shots farthest apart in the group determines the group size.’
    • ‘Spotting a little lump on the bed furthest from his, he raised an eyebrow in surprise, and walked over, dropping his bag on the floor beside the door.’
    • ‘We let the Supreme Court make the final decision because they are the furthest removed from popular passions.’
    • ‘Lily pointed to the wall farthest from the window.’
  • 2Over the greatest distance or area:

    ‘his group probably had furthest to ride’
    • ‘Dillard's 3d Platoon was in the lead because he had farthest to go to reach his old position.’
    • ‘As we had no back-vehicle, it was a big challenge, as the furthest any of us had ridden before was the London to Brighton bike ride - none of us had ever done anything like this before, and we chose the hottest Summer in our lifetimes to do it!’
    • ‘Along with more than a dozen of her peers, Granholm strapped on a pedometer to see who walked the farthest during a 16-week period.’
    • ‘One band, Psyche, travelled the farthest to attend the festivities.’
    • ‘We could get a bunch of competitors, give them each a crate of Elephant, and then see who could drive furthest from Front Street without having a crash.’
    • ‘Special prizes will also be awarded to the youngest contestant, the contestant who traveled the farthest to attend, and the people's favorite.’
    • ‘A balloon for every child in the school was released on Tuesday and the owner of the balloon which travels the farthest will receive an art set and voucher.’
    • ‘The turn the shoulders must be the dominant move starting the downswing, because the shoulders were coiled much more than the hips and thus have the farthest to travel.’
    • ‘Islanders boast that the farthest any fish travels from sea to plate is 100 yards.’
    • ‘It's the furthest we travel to any venue but the price and the condition of the course make it worth while.’
    • ‘The person whose balloon travels the farthest will win a luxury limousine and driver for a day.’
    • ‘He is a keen, regular cyclist, but the furthest he has ridden in a day to date has been 100 miles.’
    1. 2.1 Used to indicate the most distant point reached in a specified direction:
      ‘it was the furthest north I had ever travelled’
      • ‘Bend your right knee and lean forward from your hips as you extend your left arm behind you and reach your right hand forward to touch the cone farthest to your left.’
      • ‘HM ships Example, Explorer and Archer sailed the furthest West when they reached Howth, Cork and Galway in the Republic of Ireland.’
      • ‘You pick those clones that stick to the probe, and analyze them to see which extends furthest in the direction you want to go.’
      • ‘The furthest north a southern right had been sighted was Hervey Bay, on the central Queensland coast, but Mr Harrison said they would be sighted further and further north as their numbers grew.’
      • ‘That would probably explain why the furthest I've ever gotten with a guy was a slow dance… the literal kind.’
      • ‘That's the furthest north I've ever been, but I couldn't stay up there too long.’
      • ‘Until recently, the furthest confirmed inland location was Napa County.’
      • ‘Another in 1853 spread to Chicago and St. Louis where itinerant railroad workers took it to Iowa City, which is the furthest the railroad had reached.’
      • ‘At the very moment we'd reached the point furthest from home, the sky opened and heaven dropped on us, a drop at a time.’
      • ‘It was the furthest we had gone from our area and we got a really good reaction.’
      • ‘We were heading down the classic 13 kilometre ‘Derby’ run to Küblis, the furthest of the traditional villages reached by these long, celebrated ski routes.’
      • ‘The dukedom furthest to the north was Northfield, famous for its horses.’
      • ‘The George Washington chapter, founded in the early 1960s, was the farthest north the fraternity ever reached.’
      • ‘The summer solstice on June 21 marks the first day of astronomical summer in the northern hemisphere, and is the time when the sun rises and sets furthest north and casts the shortest shadow at midday.’
      • ‘Afterwards he sailed on to reach 68° south, which was at the time the furthest southern latitude attained by any sailing trip, before having to turn back.’
      • ‘The division rear area was the farthest forward the MASH or the CSH could be deployed.’
      • ‘If St John's Wood is the furthest north he'll go, then we've no chance.’
      • ‘These are two homes that are - you can see one of them, the furthest one to the north, is starting to get fully involved.’
      • ‘He walks to the furthest point he reached yesterday, then begins, striding past the small, neat houses with their frosty lawns.’
      • ‘Knockhill is actually the furthest north the BTCC goes but according to Batchelor it could have been worse.’
    2. 2.2 To the most extreme or advanced point:
      ‘countries where industrialization had gone furthest’
      • ‘Of the three, Globe has come the farthest, with a revitalized main street, arts center, archaeological park, and some of the best Mexican food in the state.’
      • ‘He maintains that Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan are already virtual states and that among major developed countries the United States has advanced the farthest.’
      • ‘Perhaps it was only a tactic, but it was the furthest a nationalist hand had ever reached out towards acceptance of the Six Counties as a political entity.’
      • ‘What is clear from her book is that southern towns and cities went furthest in the direction of a tax-supported professional patrol.’
      • ‘He said that the furthest the courts had gone in the specific area of giving advice to employees in connection with their pension rights was in Scally itself which provided no support for the complainant's case.’
      • ‘Which of the fighters has come the farthest the fastest in attitude and technique?’
      • ‘You have made it the farthest of any who have tried for the Amulets, let's see if you make this last test.’
      • ‘Israel, Turkey, and the states of North Africa are furthest along this path.’
      • ‘I currently have it all written into a notebook and it is the farthest I have ever gotten on an individual project, so I really think I'm going to make it to the very end of this without fizzling out.’
      • ‘In 1614 Bacon started to write a book about an imagined society that had reached the furthest imaginable point in the advancement of knowledge.’
      • ‘They may have come back the farthest this season because it looked as if their careers might be over.’
      • ‘Such forms of cooperation commonly take place among the developed OECD countries but it is the members of the European Union that have gone farthest in that direction.’


For a discussion of the differences between farther and further, farthest and furthest, see further


  • at the furthest

    • At the greatest distance; at most:

      ‘the Allied line had been pushed forward, at the furthest, about 1.6 km’


Late Middle English: formed as a superlative of further.