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last

Definitions

  • The treasure at last
    The treasure at last
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj last occurring at the time of death "his last words","the last rites"
    • adj last lowest in rank or importance "last prize","in last place"
    • adj last not to be altered or undone "the judge's decision is final","the arbiter will have the last say"
    • adj last occurring at or forming an end or termination "his concluding words came as a surprise","the final chapter","the last days of the dinosaurs","terminal leave"
    • adj last coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining "the last time I saw Paris","the last day of the month","had the last word","waited until the last minute","he raised his voice in a last supreme call","the last game of the season","down to his last nickel"
    • adj last highest in extent or degree "to the last measure of human endurance","whether they were accomplices in the last degree or a lesser one was...to be determined individually"
    • adj last most unlikely or unsuitable "the last person we would have suspected","the last man they would have chosen for the job"
    • adj last conclusive in a process or progression "the final answer","a last resort","the net result"
    • adj last immediately past "last Thursday","the last chapter we read"
    • adv last most_recently "I saw him last in London"
    • adv last the item at the end "last, I'll discuss family values"
    • v last continue to live through hardship or adversity "We went without water and food for 3 days","These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America","The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents","how long can a person last without food and water?"
    • v last persist for a specified period of time "The bad weather lasted for three days"
    • n last a person's dying act; the final thing a person can do "he breathed his last"
    • n last holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoes
    • n last the concluding parts of an event or occurrence "the end was exciting","I had to miss the last of the movie"
    • n last a unit of capacity for grain equal to 80 bushels
    • n last a unit of weight equal to 4,000 pounds
    • n last the last or lowest in an ordering or series "he was the last to leave","he finished an inglorious last"
    • n last the time at which life ends; continuing until dead "she stayed until his death","a struggle to the last"
    • n last the temporal end; the concluding time "the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell","the market was up at the finish","they were playing better at the close of the season"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Their last war Their last war
The Last Watch of Hero The Last Watch of Hero
Hillebrand's last charge Hillebrand's last charge
Checking the instep measurement of the last Checking the instep measurement of the last
Checking the toe measurement of the last Checking the toe measurement of the last
The inner sole pegged to the last The inner sole pegged to the last
Placing the upper over the last Placing the upper over the last
Drawing the upper over the last Drawing the upper over the last

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One Neptune year lasts 165 Earth years
    • Last A load; a heavy burden; hence, a certain weight or measure, generally estimated at 4,000 lbs., but varying for different articles and in different countries. In England, a last of codfish, white herrings, meal, or ashes, is twelve barrels; a last of corn, ten quarters, or eighty bushels, in some parts of England, twenty-one quarters; of gunpowder, twenty-four barrels, each containing 100 lbs; of red herrings, twenty cades, or 20,000; of hides, twelve dozen; of leather, twenty dickers; of pitch and tar, fourteen barrels; of wool, twelve sacks; of flax or feathers, 1,700 lbs.
    • n Last A wooden block shaped like the human foot, on which boots and shoes are formed. "The cobbler is not to go beyond his last ."
    • Last At a time next preceding the present time. "How long is't now since last yourself and I
      Were in a mask ?"
    • Last At a time or on an occasion which is the latest of all those spoken of or which have occurred; the last time; as, I saw him last in New York.
    • Last Being after all the others, similarly classed or considered, in time, place, or order of succession; following all the rest; final; hindmost; farthest; as, the last year of a century; the last man in a line of soldiers; the last page in a book; his last chance. "Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God.""Fairest of stars, last in the train of night."
    • Last Farthest of all from a given quality, character, or condition; most unlikely; having least fitness; as, he is the last person to be accused of theft. "And blunder on in business to the last ."
    • Last In conclusion; finally; lastly. "Pleased with his idol, he commends, admires,
      Adores; and, last, the thing adored desires."
    • Last Lowest in rank or degree; as, the a last place finish.
    • Last Next before the present; as, I saw him last week.
    • 3d pers. sing. pres Last lȧst of Last, to endure, contracted from lasteth.
    • Last Supreme; highest in degree; utmost. "Contending for principles of the last importance."
    • Last The burden of a ship; a cargo.
    • Last To continue in time; to endure; to remain in existence. "I] proffered me to be slave in all that she me would ordain while my life lasted ."
    • Last To endure use, or continue in existence, without impairment or exhaustion; as, this cloth lasts better than that; the fuel will last through the winter.
    • v. t Last To shape with a last; to fasten or fit to a last; to place smoothly on a last; as, to last a boot.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A yawn usually lasts for approximately six seconds
    • n last A wooden pattern or model of the human foot, on which shoes are formed.
    • last To form on or by a last; fit to a last, as the materials for a boot or shoe.
    • last To follow out; carry out; perform; do.
    • last To extend; reach.
    • last To continue to be; remain in existence; continue in progress.
    • last To hold out; continue unexhausted or unconsumed; escape failure or loss.
    • last To continue unimpaired; remain fresh, unfaded, or unspoiled; continue to be available or serviceable; wear well: as, this color will last.
    • n last Power of holding out; endurance; stamina.
    • n last A burden; a load; a cargo.
    • n last A load of some commodity with reference to its weight and commercial value; hence, a particular weight or measure, varying in amount in different localities and for different commodities. As an absolute measure, a last is generally reckoned at 4,000 pounds; but the word is now rarely met with, and only in local or technical use. A last of flax or feathers is 1,700 pounds; of wool, 12 sacks; of corn, 10 quarters or 80 bushels; of meal or ashes, 12 barrels; of gunpowder, 24 barrels; of codfish or white herrings, 12 barrels; of red herrings, 20 cades (of 500 or 720 fishes each); of pitch or tar, 14 barrels. A last of leather is given as 20 dickers of 10 hides each; but a last of hides is 12 dozen.
    • n last Fault.
    • last To find fault with; blame.
    • last That comes or remains after all the others; latest; hindmost; closing; final; ultimate.
    • last Next before the present: as, last week; on the last occasion.
    • last Utmost; extreme.
    • last Lowest; meanest.
    • last Furthest of all from inclusion or consideration; most improbable or unlikely.
    • n last The end; conclusion; termination: in phrases.
    • last At the end of the series; after all others.
    • last In conclusion; finally; lastly.
    • last For the last time; on the last occasion before the present time.
    • last Lately.
    • n last In law, same as last-court.
    • n last A piece cut from a fish and used as bait. In pollack-fishing, for example, such a piece is cut from the under or bright part of the pollack.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Latin Americans have two last names.
    • n Last last a wooden mould of the foot on which boots and shoes are made
    • v.t Last to fit with a last
    • v.i Last last to continue, endure: to escape failure: remain fresh, unimpaired
    • n Last endurance
    • n Last last a load, cargo, a weight generally estimated at 4000 lb., but varying in different articles
    • adj Last last latest: coming after all the others: final: next before the present: utmost: meanest: most improbable or unlikely—also adv.n. Last′-court, a court held by the jurats in the marshes of Kent to fix rates chargeable for the preservation of these—also Last
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Quotations

  • Wayne Dyer
    Wayne%20Dyer
    “The last suit that you wear, you don't need any pockets.”
  • Thomas Wolfe
    Thomas%20Wolfe
    “Death the last voyage, the longest, and the best.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    Thomas%20A.%20Edison
    “I start where the last man left off.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “He who laughs best today, will also laugh last.”
  • Saying
    Saying
    “They laugh well who laugh last.”
  • Henry Drummond
    Henry Drummond
    “He lives who dies to win a lasting name.”

Idioms

Breathe your last - When you breathe your last, you die.
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Famous last words - This expression is used as a way of showing disbelief, rejection or self-deprecation.'They said we had no chance of winning- famous last words!'
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Get on my last nerve - (USA) If something is getting on your last nerve, you are completely fed up, ready to lose your temper. (Southern USA)
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He who laughs last laughs longest - A person may feel satisfied or pleased when they d something bad or unfair to you, but if you can get revenge, you will feel more satisfaction.('He who laughs last laughs best' is also used, and 'he' is sometimes omitted.)
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Last hurrah - If an elderly person does something special before they die, it is a last hurrah.
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Last laugh - The person who has the last laugh ends up with the the advantage in a situation after some setbacks.
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Last straw - The last straw is the final problem that makes someone lose their temper or the problem that finally brought about the collapse of something. It comes from an Arabic story, where a camel was loaded with straw until a single straw placed on the rest of the load broke its back.
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Last-ditch - A last-ditch attempt is a desperate attempt that will probably fail anyway.
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Looks like we're the last dogs hung - When you are the last people left in the hall after an event. You look around and say..."looks like we're the last dogs hung."
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On your last legs - If someone's on their last legs, they're close to dying.
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Until the last dog is shot - (USA) It means until the very last possible moment or until every possibility is exausted: You boys always stay until the last dog is shotI will stay until the last dog is shot to complete this project by deadline (Expression my mom who was born in 1917 in Wisconson always used.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. lāst, trace, track, footstep; akin to D. leest, a last, G. leisten, Sw. läst, Dan. læst, Icel. leistr, the foot below the ankle, Goth. laists, track, way; from a root signifying, to go. Cf. Last (v. i.) Learn Delirium
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A contr. of latest.

Usage

In literature:

The drill of the regiment lasted only half an hour, while ours lasted an hour.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
Last to go, as he had been first to come, was that worthy person, Thomas Caryll, the rector of Sandyfield.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
At last, however, the more prudent began to see that this folly could not last for ever.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
The foundation is disclosed last when you come to dig, and the essence is grasped last in the process of analysis.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
I think I told you about our billets in the last letter.
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie
It was the last eclipse through which a radiant soul was called to pass; but while it lasted it was black indeed.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
I am walking in our footsteps of last year.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
Something like the sound that the last bee of autumn makes as it hovers above the last ball of clover.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
When Philip was six years old his father lay sick of his last sickness.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
My dear Terry, at last!
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
Last Saturday after a very long day's work, and last Wednesday after finishing the first part, I was full of eagerness and pleasure.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Rachel played last night for the last time before going to London, and has not so much in her as some of our friends suppose.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
I read at Manchester last Friday.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
The last Sunday she had been at church her father had preached his last sermon.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
But I got off at last, I did!
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
I saw what it would come to, last time.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
After a last passionate debate lasting through three days and nights the Commons passed the bill by a majority of 106 votes.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Then came feasts for his famished little soul which often lasted until daybreak.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
By hastening down into the town, Maximilian thought to rally what forces were there for a last stand; or, to be more exact, for a last tableau.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
I pulled it off, of course, I won the wager, and it is pleasant while it lasts; but how long will it last?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

Then, at last,
My lids upcast,
Our eyes met, I smiled and she smiled,
And I shut mine again and truly slept.
"The Chair" by John Freeman
At last she lost the world:
In a black and stormy wind
Away from her it whirled—
But the loss how could she mind?
"The Girl That Lost Things" by George MacDonald
UPON a noon I pilgrimed through
A pasture, mile by mile,
Unto the place where I last saw
My dead Love's living smile.
"Her Immortality" by Thomas Hardy
Let be at last: colder she grows and colder;
Sleep and the night were best;
Lying at last where we cannot behold her,
We may rest.
"Venite Descendamus" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Awm sittin o' that old stooan seeat,
Wheear last aw set wi' thee;
It seems long years sin' last we met,
Awm sure it must be three.
"Latter Wit" by John Hartley
Last night as I lay on my pillow,
Last night when they'd put me to bed
I spoke to my dear little tummy
And wept at the words that I said:
"Owed To Volstead" by Wallace Irwin

In news:

Looking at last years great wild flower photos at lake Kaweah,I went to the lake on the 19th, last wed. Looks like it could be as good or maybe better in a couple of weeks.
The last run of 6.5-ounce returnable glass bottles were filled for the last time after 80 years of production on Oct 9.
This is not from last night but this is exactly how he looked last night.
At the fifth and last of the parent roundtables, held last Monday, DeKalb County School District Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson mentioned the recent visit by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
EARLY last year, the American economy seemed to find its footing at last.
Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor Alan Murray says the paper's WSJ Live video efforts are growing at a torrid pace, quadrupling last year's pace with 28 million streams last month, Forbes reports.
It was fun while it lasted and it lasted three hours and 45 minutes, from 6:45 until 10:30.
Honestly Mother Nature could not have helped the Red Sox any more last night as this team is in in utter disarray to start the season once again and I'm here to tell you it's worse than last year.
Last chance to attend the best pre party before the Seahawks last home game.
The last vestige of the last tab on Amazon.com disappeared yesterday.
After appearing in every European show last month, they turned up again in last week's Seventh Avenue collections.
The hard work Brandon Graham putting in last summer had him prepared to take advantage of the opportunity he received at Snead State last fall.
I found an article last week that I wrote last January…déjà vue.
The last thing we expected when we turned on The Real Housewives of New York was a solemn treatise on life and death, but that's what we got last night.
With the last space shuttle excursion under way, NPR reviews how the Space Age was reflected in designs from architecture (a style called "Googie") to every-day objects in the last half of the 20th century.
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In science:

The last cases, quoted in the last line of the above list, are made of groups generated by three symmetries, one of a type P and two of type either C, Q or K .
A Classification of Non-Hermitian Random Matrices
Now a bijection is obtained between these two sets upon sending the marked step to the last position by a cyclic shift and marking the former last step.
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
Hence in case the new zero is in the last row, that row must be used in the optimal k-assignment, while if it is not, we can find the probability that the last row is used by induction.
A Proof of Parisi's Conjecture on the Random Assignment Problem
Let P be a standard RAP where the last row contains no zeros, and let Pt be obtained from P by setting the element in column t of the last row to zero.
A Proof of Parisi's Conjecture on the Random Assignment Problem
The last row corresponds to the first walker x1 = αn and the first to the last walker xn = α1 + n − 1.
Virasoro action on Schur function expansions, skew Young tableaux and random walks
The last function κjmax (p) for the last slice jmax should be different, meaning only |p2 − 1| ≤ M −jmax .
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
When p = q, the probability that the particle moves one unit in the same direction as the last step is p, and the probability that the particle moves one unit in the opposite direction as the last step is 1 − p.
Limit theorems and absorption problems for one-dimensional correlated random walks
Notice also that I have to restrict ourselves to odd dimensions, because of the two boundary contributions coming from the collapse of first coordinate of the simplex to 0 or of the last one to 1: namely, it arises a similar phenomenon as for the last part of the proof of Part b).
Holonomy and parallel transport in the differential geometry of the space of loops and the groupoid of generalized gauge transformations
Degree of transience and moments of last exit times In this subsection we give a connection between the operator powers Gζ, ζ ≥ 1, defined in (2.1.1) and moments of last exit times.
Degrees of transience and recurrence and hierarchical random walks
Finally, after the application of the last quantum gate the last randomly selected sequence of Pauli operators is applied to all qubits.
Quantum error correction of coherent errors by randomization
According to the last remark we can generate from the linear order F, 2n linear orders which also satisfy the last equality.
Statistics on Wreath Products
The last walk ωn is the part of ω after it left n − 1 for the last time and until it ends at n.
Random walks on combs
Look at the last time u and the last site (v, 0) on the AB -interface before the polymer wanders off.
Localization transition for a copolymer in an emulsion
The last inequality is true since the last fraction is the weighted average of the numbers (k + ki − 1)/2, each of them being at least (k + 1)/2.
Positional games on random graphs
The prime reason for introducing the gap-representation is that not only the last summand τ but also the second last bρd−1 are separable.
A simple spectral condition implying separability for states of bipartite quantum systems
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