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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Last \Last\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Lasted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Lasting}.] [OE. lasten, As. l[ae]stan to perform, execute,
follow, last, continue, fr. l[=a]st, l?st, trace, footstep,
course; akin to G. leisten to perform, Goth. laistjan to
follow. See {Last} mold of the foot.]
1. 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. --Testament of

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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Last \Last\, 3d pers. sing. pres.
of {Last}, to endure, contracted from lasteth. [Obs.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Last \Last\, a. [OE. last, latst, contr. of latest, superl. of
late; akin to OS. lezt, lazt, last, D. laatst, G. letzt. See
{Late}, and cf. {Latest}.]
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.

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 last prize. --Pope.

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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Last \Last\, adv. [See {Last}, a.]
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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Last \Last\, n. [AS. l[=a]sttrace, track, footstep; akin to D.
leest a last, G. leisten, Sw. l["a]st, Dan. l[ae]st, Icel.
leistr the foot below the ankle, Goth. laists track, way;
from a root signifying, to go. Cf. {Last}, v. i., {Learn},
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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Last \Last\, v. t.
To shape with a last; to fasten or fit to a last; to place
smoothly on a last; as, to last a boot.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Last \Last\, n. [As. hl[ae]st, fr. hladan to lade; akin to OHG.
hlast, G., D., Dan., & Sw. last: cf. F. laste, last, a last,
of German or Dutch origin. See {Lade}.]
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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: immediately past; "last Thursday"; "the last chapter we
read" [syn: {last(a)}]
2: 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" [ant: {intermediate}, {first}]
3: 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" [syn: {concluding},
{final}, {terminal}]
4: more advanced in time or nearer to the end in a sequence;
"these latter days"; "the latter (or last) part of the
book"; "latter (or later) part of the 18th century" [syn:
{later(a)}, {last(a)}, {latter(a)}]
5: conclusive in a process or progression; "the final answer";
"a last resort"; "the net result" [syn: {final}, {net}]
6: most unlikely or unsuitable; "the last person we would have
suspected"; "the last man they would have chosen for the
7: occurring at the time of death; "his last words"; "the last
8: not to be altered or undone; "the judge's decision is
final"; "the arbiter will have the last say" [syn: {final}]
9: lowest in rank or importance; "last prize"; "in last place"
[syn: {last-place}, {lowest}]
10: 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" [syn: {utmost}]
11: in accord with the most fashionable ideas or style; "wears
only the latest style"; "the last thing in swimwear";
"knows the newest dances"; "up-to-date technology" [syn:
{latest}, {newest}, {up-to-date}]
n 1: 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" [syn: {stopping point}, {finale}, {finis},
{finish}, {conclusion}, {close}]
2: the last or lowest in an ordering or series; "he was the
last to leave"; "he finished an inglorious last"
3: a person's dying act; the last thing a person can do; "he
breathed his last"
4: the end of life; continuing until dead; "he bled to death";
"a struggle to the last" [syn: {death}]
5: a unit of weight equal to 4,000 pounds
6: (British) a unit of capacity for grain equal to 80 bushels
7: the concluding parts of an event or occurrence: "the end was
exciting"; "I had to miss the last of the movie" [syn: {end},
{final stage}]
8: holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to
fashion or repair shoes [syn: {shoemaker's last}, {cobbler's
adv 1: more recently than any other time; "I saw him last in
London" [syn: {most recently}]
2: the item at the end; "last, I'll discuss family values"
[syn: {lastly}, {in conclusion}, {finally}]
v 1: be long; in time [syn: {endure}]
2: continue to live; endure or last; "We went without water and
food for 3 days"; "The legend of Elvis lives on"; "These
superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The
racecar driver lived through several very serious
accidents" [syn: {survive}, {live}, {live on}, {go}, {endure},
{hold up}, {hold out}]
3: persist or continue; "The rains lasted four days"

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