[ soh-fahr ]

  1. a system for determining a position at sea by exploding a charge under water and measuring the time the shock waves take to reach three widely separated shore stations at known distances from each other.

Origin of sofar

1945–50; so(und)f(ixing)a(nd)r(anging) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sofar in a sentence

  • The departing sun streamed slantingly across the so-far empty stage, where a few white grass stems shivered.

    Menotah | Ernest G. Henham
  • In-so-far as it actually does serve it may claim and expect love, recognition, and support—but no further.

    The Making of a Country Parish | Harlow S. (Harlow Spencer) Mills
  • I was amused to see two French policemen rush out of a café and fire their revolvers at the so-far-away speck.

    The Note-Book of an Attache | Eric Fisher Wood
  • I ran on; it was growing late, and the Manor ever-so-far off.

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • In the not-so-far-off you will be happy that you have done all for her you love.

    Dracula | Bram Stoker

British Dictionary definitions for sofar


/ (ˈsəʊfɑː) /

  1. a system for determining a position at sea, esp that of survivors of a disaster, by exploding a charge underwater at that point. The times taken for the shock waves to travel through the water to three widely separated shore stations are used to calculate their position

Origin of sofar

C20: from so (und) f (ixing) a (nd) r (anging)

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with sofar


Also, thus far. Up to this point, as in So far we haven't seen him in the crowd, or They've made very little progress on their report thus far. [c. 1300]

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