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Pronunciation : Ul"ti*mate
Part of Speech : a.
Etymology : [LL. ultimatus last, extreme, fr. L. ultimare to come to an end, fr. ultimus the farthest, last, superl. from the same source as ulterior. See Ulterior, and cf. Ultimatum.]
Definition : 1. Farthest; most remote in space or time; extreme; last; final. My harbor, and my ultimate repose. Milton. Many actions apt to procure fame are not conductive to this our ultimate happiness. Addison.

2. Last in a train of progression or consequences; tended toward by all that precedes; arrived at, as the last result; final. Those ultimate truths and those universal laws of thought which we can not rationally contradict. Coleridge.

3. Incapable of further analysis; incapable of further division or separation; constituent; elemental; as, an ultimate constituent of matter. Ultimate analysis (Chem.), organic analysis. See under Organic. -- Ultimate belief. See under Belief. -- Ultimate ratio (Math.), the limiting value of a ratio, or that toward which a series tends, and which it does not pass.

Syn. -- Final; conclusive. See Final.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Ul"ti*mate
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : 1. To come or bring to an end; to eventuate; to end. [R.]

2. To come or bring into use or practice. [R.]

t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Ultimated; p. pr. & vb. n. Ultimating.]
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913


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