so far

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv so far used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time "So far he hasn't called","the sun isn't up yet"
    • adv so far used after a superlative "this is the best so far","the largest drug bust yet"
    • adv so far to the degree or extent that "insofar as it can be ascertained, the horse lung is comparable to that of man","so far as it is reasonably practical he should practice restraint"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No evidence of man's evolutionary ancestors has so far been found in either North or South America. Fossils and other remains suggest that the first Americans crossed the Bering Straits (which at the time was dry land) from Asia between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago.
    • So far to that point or extent; in that particular.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No species of wild plant produces a flower or blossom that is absolutely black, and so far, none has been developed artificially.
    • So far to that extent, degree, or point
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Quotations

  • Simone Weil
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    “Charity. To love human beings in so far as they are nothing. That is to love them as God does.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
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    “Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “So far as a person thinks; they are free.”
  • Dwight L. Moody
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    “We talk about heaven being so far away. It is within speaking distance to those who belong there. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.”
  • E.E. (Edward. E.) Cummings
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    “I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.”
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
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    “A real gentleman, even if he loses everything he owns, must show no emotion. Money must be so far beneath a gentleman that it is hardly worth troubling about.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. swá; Ice. svá, Goth. swa, Ger. so.

Usage

In literature:

It meant that a storm was raging on high, although so far we were sheltered from it.
"Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled" by Hudson Stuck
So far from being offended at her not giving him an immediate answer, he but admires her the more.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Marlow agreed with me so far.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
It must be this sort of blindness which had led her so far in so fearful a delusion.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
I have always, so far as possible, discouraged those discussions.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
So far so good: the servant had been made to feel, but he wished it had been the master.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He is a philosopher in so far as the detail of his appreciation finds fundamental justification in a world-view.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
He had received his money; so far so good.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The only weapon the Mercutians had displayed so far was the light-ray in its several forms.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
The educational schemes of the Utilitarians had so far proved abortive.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
I've made up mine and nobody differs from me so far as I've gone.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Some of the fellows are not, but so far as I am concerned I am glad to be known as a defender of the forest.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
So far you follow me, do you not?
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
My training had not been a hopeful one, so far as small economies went.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
In New Orleans he was so far on his way.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
It is so far away and there are so many enemies in between that I may never see it again.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Did ever imagination go so fast or so far?
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
So that Mrs. Prichard's tale so far supplies nothing to link her with old Granny Marrable, as unsuspicious as herself.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
This has been so far collected but once, on the shores of Lake Okoboji.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
So far it was decided; and Henrietta at first declared the same.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
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In poetry:

Anyhow but as things are,
--So man dreams--
Born beneath some kindlier star
Surely Life were nobler far
Than now seems!
"The Mingled Cup" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
For far—oh, very far behind,
So far she cannot call to him,
Comes Tegumai alone to find
The daughter that was all to him!
"Merrow Down" by Rudyard Kipling
And I wonder what thy life will be,
Thou dear and charming child,
Who hast drifted so far across the world
To a home so lone and wild.
"Thora" by Celia Laighton Thaxter
If he afflicts his saints so far,
To prove their love and try their grace,
What may the bold transgressors fear?
His very soul abhors their ways.
"Psalm 11" by Isaac Watts
But then its trees that wave so high,
The glittering birds that deck each grove,
I cannot, cannot hence descry,
Nor, dearer far, the forms I love.
"The Lucayan's Song" by Amelia Opie
And my heart, at those spirit-sounds that seem
So near yet so far away,
Glides into the faith of a sweet love-dream,
That follows me night and day.
"Those Footsteps" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

And so far he's been unable to sum up the difference between RomneyCare and Obamacare in a quick soundbite.
Northeast sees warmest year on record so far.
So far, a team of four (in full fursuits) will be bowling to benefit New Mexico Animal Friends.
Lewan said that technique can only take linemen so far.
I am thankful for the crayons dropped off so far.
Recent rumors about "bodies buried under St Brigid's" Church on Avenue B haven't unearthed anything so far.
So Far, US Industry Finds It's Business as Usual: Advertising.
Is everyone enjoying the Age of Aquarius so far.
It seems the top five most penalized teams in the country (Tech, Utah State, Nevada, UCLA and Oregon State are a combined 19-3 so far this season.
Together the two centers have produced half of the 106 million letters of human DNA so far completed.
But the senior linebacker won't necessarily open the season as a Gophers starter, certainly the biggest surprise on defense during fall camp so far.
(A second BD-Live feature, called "What Effing Happened in Mission City," was promised but hasn't so far been delivered .
About 25 boats are out on the water so far, soon to be joined by 60 or so more as.
So far, so good on George Washington Bridge .
So far, so ho hum, right.
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In science:

So far, there are two known types of divisor .
Localize energy in random media: A new phase state
In this section, we apply the random walk theory developed so far to a specific model of scattering.
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves
Unfortunately, no asymptotic distribution theory has been derived for the R/S and DFA statistics so far.
A simple model of price formation
So far we have discussed compact membranes, which can be described in terms of finite-size N × N matrices.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
In all examples known so far the quasi-simplicity does hold for whole complex deformation classes.
Real Rational Surfaces Are Quasi-Simple
So far, this method is identical to the usual one for generating Gaussian random fields (Bertschinger 1995) except that an extra FFT is introduced by sampling ξ ( ~m ) in real space instead of Fourier space.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
This has so far not been observed, either in local dynamics or cosmology .
Null Geodesics in Five Dimensional Manifolds
This problem has not been addressed in detail so far.
Random-Mass Dirac Fermions in an Imaginary Vector Potential (II): Long-Range Correlated Random Mass
What we have discussed so far is a non-supersymmetric version of the target space duality.
Closed String Tachyons in Non-supersymmetric Heterotic Theories
So far the definability of the forcing P was not used.
Countable Support Iteration Revisited
Since many analytic approaches such as a field theoretic one are applicable for the Dirac fermion, several interesting results have been obtained so far.
Singular Density of States of Disordered Dirac Fermions in the Chiral Models
So far we discussed the case of an infinite volume V .
Localization of polymers in a finite medium with fixed random obstacles
Most studies on the development of the instability so far have been based on an initial equilibrium system with a uniform magnetic field.
The Effect of the Random Magnetic Field Component on the Parker Instability
The second alternative is to refrain from the so far universally assumed validity of thermodynamics in the macroworld.
Stationary flows in quantum dissipative closed circuits as a challenge to thermodynamics
So far we have considered avalanche statistics integrating the distribution over all the values of the forces upto the peak load, but the avalanche signal is not stationary: as the force increases so does the avalanche size.
Statistical properties of fracture in a random spring model
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