Definitions of ultimate

  1. being the ultimate or elemental constituents of anything; " the elemental stuff of... out of which the many forms of life have been molded"- Jack London; " the ultimate ingredients of matter"; " his proposal is elegantly simple"
  2. being the last or concluding element of a series; " the ultimate sonata of that opus"; " a distinction between the verb and noun senses of ` conflict' is that in the verb the stress is on the ultimate ( or last) syllable"
  3. furthest or highest in degree or order; utmost or extreme; " the ultimate achievement"; " the ultimate question"; " man's ultimate destiny"; " the ultimate insult"; " one's ultimate goal in life"
  4. Farthest; most remote in space or time; extreme; last; final.
  5. Last in a train of progression or consequences; tended toward by all that precedes; arrived at, as the last result; final.
  6. To come or bring to an end; to eventuate; to end.
  7. To come or bring into use or practice.
  8. The last; utmost; farthest off; extreme; final.
  9. Ultimately.
  10. Ultimateness.
  11. Final, the last of a series.
  12. Furthest: last: incapable of further division.
  13. Furthest; last; final.
  14. Final.
  15. Fundamental; primary.
  16. Furthest; most remote; most extreme; final; being that on which all also bears; last in a train of consequences; last; being at the furthest point; the last into which a substance can be resolved. See Ulterior.
  17. Furthest; most remote; extreme; last; intended in the last resort; in chem., that relates to absolute elements; the last into which a substance can be resolved; the opposite of proximate.

Usage examples for ultimate

  1. Yet she represented the higher; for in the ultimate triumph of grace, in the glad performance of the command from love of what is commanded, the law is fulfilled: the law is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. – The Seaboard Parish Volume 1 by George MacDonald
  2. We agree that under careful guidance much of ultimate political value can be taught from history and literature. – The School and the World by Victor Gollancz and David Somervell
  3. Such, then, is the grand conception of the ultimate purpose and issue of Christ's reconciling work. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  4. The latter had played his part to the ultimate. – The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet by Kenneth Ward
  5. But there must be some form of Government supervision and ultimate control, and I favor a reasonable representation of the Government in the management. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  6. Was Baalum the ultimate escape from her other life? – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  7. It contains, moreover, implicit in it an appeal to conscience, for it was really by this rather than by historic knowledge that the ultimate purpose of the Law was revealed. – Landmarks in the History of Early Christianity by Kirsopp Lake
  8. He who suffered injustice with patience would prove the ultimate conqueror. – The Empire of Love by W. J. Dawson
  9. I believe her ultimate intention is to go abroad. – A Terrible Secret by May Agnes Fleming
  10. I will take very good care that you come to no harm, for you are the ultimate object of all this. – The Sowers by Henry Seton Merriman
  11. It should be explained here that, although Mr. Mayberry knew about the Indian messenger, he had little faith in the ultimate arrival of Mr. Harkness and the Boy Scouts. – The Boy Scouts On The Range by Lieut. Howard Payson
  12. The ultimate answer shall be communicated the moment I receive it. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  13. He knew then, whatever her reason for suggesting such a compact, or her ultimate purpose, that she loved him. – A Daughter of the Vine by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  14. The ultimate consequences were as nothing. – The Hidden Places by Bertrand W. Sinclair
  15. But beauty in Nature is not ultimate. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  16. You know- the letters, said Molly, with one of those deep, meaning glances which her lovely eyes had more than once sent Jack, when there was some question as to our ultimate parting. – The Princess Passes by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  17. What Dyer's ultimate plan might be, he could not guess. – The Blazed Trail by Stewart Edward White
  18. He gasped in ultimate fear and stepped backward- and the edge of the cliff gave way beneath him. – The Mad Planet by Murray Leinster
  19. Even then they were not actually conquered, although there could be no question as to the ultimate result. – The West Indies and the Spanish Main [1899] by James Rodway
  20. But these two influences are not ultimate. – The Value of Money by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.