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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj penultimate next to the last "the author inadvertently reveals the murderer in the penultimate chapter","the figures in the next-to-last column"
    • n penultimate the next to last syllable in a word
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The last thing to happen is the ultimate. The next-to-last is the penultimate, and the second-to-last is the antepenultimate.
    • a Penultimate Last but one; as, the penultimate syllable, the last syllable but one of a word.
    • n Penultimate The penult.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • penultimate Immediately preceding that member of a series which is the last; next before the last; being the last but one: as, the penultimate syllable; the penultimate joint. Compare antepenultimate.
    • n penultimate That member of a series which is the last but one; specifically, the last syllable but one of a word.
    • n penultimate In whist and bridge, the lowest but one of a suit.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Penultimate last but one
    • ***


  • Edward Dahlberg
    “Everything ultimately fails, for we die, and that is either the penultimate failure or our most enigmatical achievement.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. penultimapæne, almost, ultimus, last.


In literature:

And so it was with Cicero during this the penultimate year of his life.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
"The Works Of George Meredith A Linked Index to the Project Gutenberg Editions" by George Meredith
Great, then, was her astonishment when, the penultimate pot being placed at Easter on the table, Klutz turned from it with loathing.
"The Benefactress" by Elizabeth Beauchamp
Spores 17 mu suggest immaturity; penultimate cell-division.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
Regarding the penultimate article, I should like to say a word in conclusion.
"Are we Ruined by the Germans?" by Harold Cox
Of the author of the poems we catch a glimpse in the fragments of letters and diaries which form the penultimate section of the volume.
"Pot-Boilers" by Clive Bell
In later Cornish the accent seems to have fallen on the penultimate as in Modern Welsh and Breton.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
The genital ducts open on the penultimate somite.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
The penultimate paragraph of Sec.
"The Theory and Policy of Labour Protection" by Albert Eberhard Friedrich Schäffle
What d'ye think is his idea of penultimate bliss?
"Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S." by Percy F. Westerman
It seems that Sir Walter Scott's rhythm has caused the accent wrongly to be laid on the last, instead of the penultimate syllable.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 8" by Various
The penultimate verse of this little lyric is most musical.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 105, July 8th 1893" by Various
The accent is always on the penultimate syllable.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
The beauty, mastery, and excellence of Van Gogh's penultimate period, then, in my opinion, is twofold.
"The Letters of a Post-Impressionist" by Vincent Van Gogh
Doubtless the drama of the penultimate year 1917 did not centre in the supra-Somme country.
"The Challenge of the Dead" by Stephen Graham
The twang stopped with a little penultimate flourish before the final chord.
"The Hypocrite" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
That penultimate meeting was the most surprising.
"Scarlet and Hyssop" by E. F. Benson
In the former the last whorl is broadest, in the latter the penultimate.
"Our British Snails" by John William Horsley
Lamb quotes from the penultimate stanza.
"The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb" by Charles Lamb
The penultimate section, in which the Muellerian duct is seen.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour

In news:

NEW ORLEANS — The most costly play of the game Sunday for the 49ers wasn't Ted Ginn muffed punt that led to a Saints' 11-yard touchdown drive, but a two-yard run by Kendall Hunter on the penultimate play of the third quarter.
The penultimate round of the 2012 MotoGP season is taking place this weekend at the Phillip Island Circuit in Southern Australia.
Little League softball fans are in for a treat Tuesday, as the Big League World Series's penultimate day is full of drama.
NEW YORK (AP) — The penultimate Bowl Championship Series gave college football a national championship matchup low on controversy and loaded with star power.
As of Monday, December 3, 2012, 06:03 a.m. NEW YORK (AP) — The penultimate Bowl Championship Series gave college football a national championship matchup low on controversy and loaded with star power.
On tonight's (July 12) penultimate episode of Season 1 of 'Duets,' judges' favorite John Glosson was actually in the bottom two, along with Bridget Carrington.
Here's my penultimate update on the status of the most popular presidential forecasting models.
Chanel head up imaginative and spirited penultimate day of Paris fashion shows.
A close game, decided off the penultimate ball, although ultimately both teams crashed out.
The penultimate round, held in Crawfordsville, Ind.
In the penultimate episode of this season's S1TV, Mr Alex wraps up the league as more rumours emerge of who might succeed him at Old Trafford.
"You gotta scream to get your point across," sings Polar Bear Club's Jimmy Stadt on "Religion On The Radio," the penultimate track on the band's new LP.
In the penultimate scene of the 1972 movie "The Candidate," the character played by Robert Redford turns to his political consultant after his surprise victory and says, "What do we do now".
Fellow senior Briannen Arey also never thought her penultimate product would be a book published for readers online.
Penultimate stop on the Red Line.

In science:

The calculation described in the penultimate paragraph of the preceding section involves repeated evaluation of (log F G)1,n+1 with values of +1 and −1 substituted in for the σ variables.
A simple expression for the terms in the Baker-Campbell-Hausdorff series
Note that under the space-time integral, total derivatives and Moyal commutators will not contribute; moreover, the Moyal product in the penultimate term can be replaced with ordinary multiplication.
Comments on the Energy-Momentum Tensor in Non-Commutative Field Theories
For a closed surface the last term in (4.11) is a topological invariant, so gives an irrelevant constant, while no term of the type of the penultimate term can appear due to the structure of the traced cylinder expansion .
The Casimir effect: Recent controversies and progress
These are given in the penultimate column of Table 6.
Five WC9 stars discovered in the AAO/UKST H-alpha Survey
In the first two diagrams the penultimate parton in the DGLAP evolution chain, with 4-momentum kn−1 = (x/z ) p, splits into a gluon with 4-momentum kn ≡ k = x p − β q ′ + k⊥ .
Small x Phenomenology - summary of the 3rd Lund Small x Workshop in 2004
Note that the penultimate group in this sequence, namely Γφ[1,3], equals, by definition, the kernel of the action of Γ on H3 .
A fundamental domain of Ford type for $SO(3,Z[i])\backslash SO(3,C)/SO(3)$, and for $SO(2,1)_Z\backslash SO(2,1)/SO(2)$
Note that the penultimate group in this sequence, namely Γφ[1,3], equals, by definition, the kernel of the action of Γ on H3 .
A fundamental domain of Ford type for $SO(3,Z[i])\backslash SO(3,C)/SO(3)$, and for $SO(2,1)_Z\backslash SO(2,1)/SO(2)$
The first thing that strikes one is the penultimate paragraph, in which Hedlund wonders whether by a different choice of metric the space of symbolic elements could be made connected.
On the genesis of symbolic dynamics as we know it
The expressions for g1 (x) and g2(x) are derived in the Appendix; the derivation of these two formulae forms the dominant part of the penultimate expression and involves the use of Cornish–Fisher as well as Edgeworth expansions.
On the false discovery rates of a frequentist: Asymptotic expansions
That is to say differentiating the last expression gives the integrand in the penultimate.
Finite temperature corrections and embedded strings in noncommutative geometry and the standard model with neutrino mixing
The available information about it is from the penultimate sentence of the first paragraph of Sec. 3.3 of Paper 2 which says that the difference between ERA 2005 and IAU 2000 in the secular trend in the longitude variable (i.e., in the precession rate in longitude) is (−0.82 ± 0.22) mas/cy.
Comments on the ERA-2005 numerical theory of Earth rotation
Here the penultimate identity follows from (2.45).
Galois-Type Extensions and Equivariant Projectivity
Here the right triangle was used to establish the penultimate equality.
Galois-Type Extensions and Equivariant Projectivity
The redistribution of brackets in the penultimate equality is possible because Ω1B is a flat right B -module.
Galois-Type Extensions and Equivariant Projectivity
To gain a more manageable expression, we bound the penultimate term of (19).
The Capacity of Adaptive Group Testing