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Definition of last:

  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. A wooden block shaped like the human foot, on which boots and shoes are formed.
  3. At a time next preceding the present time.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. In conclusion; finally.
  8. Lowest in rank or degree; as, the last prize.
  9. Next before the present; as, I saw him last week.
  10. Supreme; highest in degree; utmost.
  11. The burden of a ship; a cargo.
  12. To continue in time; to endure; to remain in existence.
  13. 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.
  14. 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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Usage examples:

  • " There; that's the last.

    - "The Case and The Girl", Randall Parrish.
  • But it at last is done.

    - "Porzia", Cale Young Rice.
  • Teleki was the last to leave him.

    - "The Golden Age in Transylvania", Mór Jókai.