• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ultimate 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"
    • adj ultimate 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"
    • n ultimate the finest or most superior quality of its kind "the ultimate in luxury"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dead cells in the body ultimately go to the kidneys for excretion
    • Ultimate Farthest; most remote in space or time; extreme; last; final. "My harbor, and my ultimate repose.""Many actions apt to procure fame are not conductive to this our ultimate happiness."
    • Ultimate Incapable of further analysis; incapable of further division or separation; constituent; elemental; as, an ultimate particle; an ultimate constituent of matter.
    • Ultimate 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."
    • Ultimate (Chem) See under Ultimate Proximate Qualitative, etc.
    • Ultimate To come or bring into use or practice.
    • Ultimate To come or bring to an end or issue; to eventuate; to end.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Eddie Arcaro, one of the greatest jockeys in horse race history, rode 250 losers before he won his first race. Ultimately, Arcaro won 4,779 races including five Derby winners, six in the Preakness, and six in the Belmont Stakes, on such famous horses as Whirlaway, Citation, and Kelso.
    • ultimate In meck., final; ‘breaking'; specifically, noting the strain required to “break a piece of material.
    • ultimate Furthest; most remote in place.
    • ultimate Last; the last of a series of three or more members, especially of a series in which an inquiry is traced from one member to another: as, the ultimate signification of a phrase; an ultimate principle; an ultimate fact. Ultimate applies to the last of a series of events in time, as well as to other series. In special cases it is synonymous with final, except that it implies at least two preceding members, which final does not; and this circumstance gives the idea of a climax, and so emphasizes ultimate. But more frequently the series to which ultimate refers is a regressive one, so that it is quite opposed to final. Thus, ultimate cause means the original cause beyond which no causation can be traced; but final cause is the end toward which action is directed.
    • ultimate In entomology, specifically noting a stage of the second larva, after the third molt, of those insects which undergo hypermetamorphosis, as the blister-beetles (Meloidæ), It succeeds the scarabæidoid stage, and is followed by the coarctate larva.
    • ultimate Synonyms Eventual, Conclusive, etc. See final.
    • ultimate To result finally; end.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The last thing to happen is the ultimate. The next-to-last is the penultimate, and the second-to-last is the antepenultimate.
    • adj Ultimate ul′ti-māt furthest: last: incapable of further division
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  • Les Brown
    “Believe that you possess a basic goodness, which is the foundation for the greatness you can ultimately achieve.”
  • Nick Faldo
    Nick Faldo
    “The word is control. That's my ultimate -- to have control.”
  • Lester Bangs
    Lester Bangs
    “The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience.”
  • Agnes C. Laut
    Agnes C. Laut
    “The ultimate umpire of all things in life is -- fact.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he that gets the most out of life.”
  • Henry Kissinger
    “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ultimus, the last, superl. of ulter.


In literature:

Thus the ultimate fact for sense-awareness is an event.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
His whole being shrank under the untold agony of this mother's denial and ultimate appeal.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
He ultimately undertook the editorial superintendence of a religious periodical.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume IV." by Various
They will be ultimately, if not directly, discriminative.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
But for those who acknowledged the new prophecy all this was ultimately nothing but a means.
"History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
It is fortunate that the patroon system, unlike slavery, was ultimately uprooted without revolution.
"The Land We Live In" by Henry Mann
What is more natural than that they should be the Ultimate Watchers?
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
See whether you can show that validity of reasoning rests ultimately on correct perceptions.
"The Mind and Its Education" by George Herbert Betts
Yet he was profoundly convinced that the ultimate victory of Islam depended upon the sword.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
The ultimate prospect is portentous.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864" by Various

In poetry:

Serfs to a sordid duty,
He saw them with his heart,
Priests of the Ultimate Beauty,
Feeding the flame of art.
"The Poet's Town" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
No man knoweth our desolation;
Memory pales of the old delight;
While the sad waters of separation
Bear us on to the ultimate night.
"Exile" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Till Heaven cracks, and Hell thereunder
Dies in her ultimate mad fire,
And darkness falls, with scornful thunder,
On dreams of men and men's desire.
"The Call" by Rupert Brooke
Unweariedly he waits from day to day,
Nor knows, as I know now, that when we meet,
'Twill be as dewdrop on the hawthorn spray,--
The ultimate of God at last complete.
"The Vow Forsworn" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove
By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only,
Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,
On a black throne reigns upright,
I have wandered home but newly
From this ultimate dim Thule.
"Dreamland" by Edgar Allan Poe
And they who see and comprehend
That ultimate and lofty aim
Will wait in patience for the end,
Knowing injustice cannot claim
One lasting victory, or control
Laws that bar progress for the whole.
"The Hour" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 11:50 pm by Ultimate Astros in General.
I still think that system works, that it provides the ultimate reward for more cities -- meaningful September games -- than any drawback.
"Up" got the ultimate pat on the back this past weekend when it took home an Oscar.
Ultimate Adventure 2012 Part 2.
Razer has also updated its original BlackWidow and the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Edition.
La Liga's ultimate late bloomer .
Posted on July 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm by Ultimate Rockets in General.
Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Adam Slack is realistic about what ultimately drives the success of small businesses — dollars and cents.
Just the day before, one unlucky bot , Kalika Srivasinsen, met with the ultimate bot -humiliation.
While up on the cat walk above the high school auditorium, she fell and ultimately died.
Last night's ultimate story wasn't about Benitez's first day.
Is not without its ultimate benefit for men.
From chocolate trout to 'turtle brittle ,' it's the Ultimate.
Lori Presser-Murphy What she does: owns Ultimate Confections, Wauwatosa.
Still, Bromberg eventually found himself feeling burned out, and ultimately took 17 years off leading up to the 2007 release of Try Me One More Time.

In science:

It follows that the number of negative eigenvalues of each of the matrices in (3.3) is a nondecreasing function of the order of the matrix, and this number is ultimately equal to κ in each case (see the result in Section 4).
A note on interpolation in the generalized Schur class
It is certainly true that science rests ultimately on what we know.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Ultimately, the system will flow towards U (N ) matrix string theory.
Duality Cascade and Oblique Phases in Non-Commutative Open String Theory
We see that with increasing fb , both Bmax and Beq decreases and ultimately reaches an asymptotic limit.
Characteristics Of A Magnetic Buoyancy Driven Solar Dynamo Model
It is also the ultimate energy source of the whole Universe.
Gauge Theory of Gravity