adj. A superlative of far.
Most distant in degree, time, or space: That's the furthest thing from my mind. They explored the furthest reaches of space.
adv. A superlative of far.
1. To the greatest extent or degree: went the furthest of all the children in her education.
2. At or to the most distant point in space or time: He swam the furthest.
[Middle English, from further, more distant; see FURTHER.]
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