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2 definitions found
 for By far
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Far \Far\, a. [{Fartherand Farthestare 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. fa[imac]rra, 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.
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              They said, . . . We be come from a far country.
                                                    --Josh. ix. 6.
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              The nations far and near contend in choice.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     2. Remote from purpose; contrary to design or wishes; as, far
        be it from me to justify cruelty.
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     3. Remote in affection or obedience; at a distance, morally
        or spiritually; t enmity with; alienated.
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              They that are far from thee ahsll perish. --Ps.
                                                    lxxiii. 27.
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     4. Widely different in nature or quality; opposite in
        character.
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              He was far from ill looking, though he thought
              himself still farther.                --F. Anstey.
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     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.
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     Note: The distinction between the adjectival and adverbial
           use of far is sometimes not easily discriminated.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  by far
      adv 1: by a considerable margin; "she was by far the smartest
             student"; "it was far and away the best meal he had ever
             eaten" [syn: by far, far and away, out and away]

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