Last

Definition of Last

Pronunciation: låst
3d pers. s1.of Last, to endure, contracted from lasteth.
a.1.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.
- Neh. viii. 18.
Fairest of stars, last in the train of night.
- Milton.
2.Next before the present; as, I saw him last week.
3.Supreme; highest in degree; utmost.
Contending for principles of the last importance.
- R. Hall.
4.Lowest in rank or degree; as, the a last place finish.
5.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.
At last
at the end of a certain period; after delay.
At the last
At the end; in the conclusion.
- Motley.
Last heir
the person to whom lands escheat for lack of an heir.
- Gen. xlix. 19.
On one's last legs
at, or near, the end of one's resources; hence, on the verge of failure or ruin, especially in a financial sense.
- Abbott.
To breathe one's last
to die.
To the last
to the end; till the conclusion.
And blunder on in business to the last.
- Pope.
adv.1.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.
2.In conclusion; finally; lastly.
Pleased with his idol, he commends, admires,
Adores; and, last, the thing adored desires.
- Dryden.
3.At a time next preceding the present time.
How long is't now since last yourself and I
Were in a mask ?
- Shak.
v. i.1.To continue in time; to endure; to remain in existence.
[imp. & p. p. Lasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Lasting.]
[I] proffered me to be slave in all that she me would ordain while my life lasted.
- Testament of Love.
2.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.
n.1.A wooden block shaped like the human foot, on which boots and shoes are formed.
The cobbler is not to go beyond his last.
- L'Estrange.
Darning last
a smooth, hard body, often egg-shaped, put into a stocking to preserve its shape in darning.
v. t.1.To shape with a last; to fasten or fit to a last; to place smoothly on a last; as, to last a boot.
n.1.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.
2.The burden of a ship; a cargo.

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