• WordNet 3.6
    • adj utmost (comparatives of `far') most remote in space or time or order "had traveled to the farthest frontier","don't go beyond the farthermost (or furthermost) tree","explored the furthest reaches of space","the utmost tip of the peninsula"
    • adj utmost 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"
    • adj utmost of the greatest possible degree or extent or intensity "extreme cold","extreme caution","extreme pleasure","utmost contempt","to the utmost degree","in the uttermost distress"
    • n utmost the greatest possible degree "he tried his utmost"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Utmost Being in the greatest or highest degree, quantity, number, or the like; greatest; as, the utmost assiduity; the utmost harmony; the utmost misery or happiness. "He shall answer . . . to his utmost peril.""Six or seven thousand is their utmost power."
    • Utmost Situated at the farthest point or extremity; farthest out; most distant; extreme; as, the utmost limits of the land; the utmost extent of human knowledge. "We coasted within two leagues of Antibes, which is the utmost town in France.""Betwixt two thieves I spend my utmost breath."
    • n Utmost The most that can be; the farthest limit; the greatest power, degree, or effort; as, he has done his utmost; try your utmost . "We have tried the utmost of our friends."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • utmost Being at the furthest point or extremity or bound; furthest; extreme; last.
    • utmost Of the greatest or highest degree, number, quantity, or the like: as, the utmost assiduity; the utmost harmony; the utmost misery or happiness.
    • n utmost The extreme limit or extent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Utmost ut′mōst outmost: farthest out: most distant: last: in the greatest degree: highest
    • n Utmost the greatest that can be: the greatest effort
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  • Bishop Robert South
    Bishop Robert South
    “Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power, vigor, and activity of man's nature.”
  • John Milton
    “When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.”
  • F. L. Lucan
    F. L. Lucan
    “The mere apprehension of a coming evil has put many into a situation of the utmost danger.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy.”
  • Ezra Pound
    “Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.”
  • Italo Calvino
    “In love, as in gluttony, pleasure is a matter of the utmost precision.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. utmeste, utemest, AS. temest, a superlative fr. te, out. . See Out, and cf. Aftermost Outmost Uttermost


In literature:

They scarcely miss Floyd, who goes to bed at last with the utmost satisfaction.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Father Hennepin secretly watched their proceedings with the utmost anxiety.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Yet will it be hard fighting; and I trust that not only you two, but every man on board these good ships of mine will do his very utmost.
"Across the Spanish Main" by Harry Collingwood
The finances of the country were in a state of the utmost disorder.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
He expressed the utmost desire to help me in every possible way.
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
I saw her once returning with bleeding feet, and asked her, in the utmost alarm, if she had hurt herself; 'No, mamma.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
With a stealthy step he walked round to the conservatory, and with the utmost care commenced the ascent of the trellis.
"In School and Out" by Oliver Optic
His royalist zeal had now developed his powers to their utmost.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
They agreed with him that it was of the utmost importance.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Artobazanes, his brother, acquiesced in the decision with the utmost readiness and good humor.
"Xerxes" by Jacob Abbott
At last Elizabeth went to live with her uncle, the Bishop of Bamberg, who treated her with the utmost kindness.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
The paint and paper are new, and the place clean as the utmost excess of snowy cleanliness can be.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
His plan was to keep just beyond his reach and tempt him to the utmost effort.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
Though treated with the utmost tenderness and humanity, it was three weeks before he was able to come down stairs.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
Luther even addressed, on October 17th, a letter to Cajetan, conceding to him the utmost he thought possible.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
Doubt not but Dakianos will use his utmost efforts to have you seized.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Though no American troops were anywhere in the vicinity, the landing was conducted with the utmost caution.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
I did my boyish utmost to get to Scotland.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
The horses were immediately turned, and driven back again with the utmost speed to the palace.
"Maria Antoinette" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
You would hardly meet with a man who goes beyond his four pints at the utmost.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen

In poetry:

Beyond thy utmost wants
His love and pow'r can bless;
To praying souls he always grants,
More than they can express.
"Ask What I Shall Give Thee (III)" by John Newton
"Words of Comfort," on the wings
Of the morning they are flying,
To the utmost ends of earth,
Still their bless'd vocation plying.
""Words of Comfort"" by Janet Hamilton
'Then you must serve your lady love,
And every wish of hers fulfill;
To do the utmost that you can,
And show true valor and good will.
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
How happy is he born and taught
That serveth not another's will;
Whose armor is his honest thought,
And simple truth his utmost skill.
"Lord Of Himself" by Sir Henry Wotton
Since God has now vouchsaf'd the same
In our own tongue — O let's not waste
Our time, but all attempt, for shame,
To read it, with the utmost haste.
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
My whole life long I learned to love.
This hour my utmost art I prove
And speak my passion—-heaven or hell?
She will not give me heaven? 'Tis well!
Lose who may—-I still can say,
Those who win heaven, blest are they!
"One Way Of Love" by Robert Browning

In news:

'The utmost focus and control'.
Obama says US doing its utmost to protect Americans overseas.
Bodies were treated 'with utmost respect'.
The more prepared you can make yourself and the more familiar you can be about what to do should a flash flood happen is of utmost importance.
NEW CASTLE — Patient safety is of utmost concern at Jameson Hospital.
Some online readers have jumped to the centre 's defence, with one, for example, saying the care was excellent and his father was "always treated with utmost respect.".
Throughout my years of working for Mr Coughlin, he always treated me with the utmost of professional courtesy and respect.
Wyomissing has 'utmost confidence '.
As an actual determination of the utmost merit in television, the Emmy Awards are ridiculous and have been ridiculous for quite some time.
We were welcomed, seated and served with utmost professionalism.
A task of utmost impor­tance at this time of year is fer­til­iza­tion.
So, in the making of the film of one family's experience, where each actor stood when they re-created the giant wave became a matter of utmost importance.
Spraying pesticides to thwart the spread of West Nile virus locally is of utmost importance for residents of Waco and surrounding areas.
Cooper Bassett has the utmost respect for Kansas State quarterback and Heisman Trophy favorite Collin Klein.
I sure hope his electronics are the utmost state of the art.

In science:

The light-cone energy P − is the Hamiltonian operator which propagates the system in the lightcone time, and is of utmost importance.
SYM Correlators and the Maldacena Conjecture
The wide coverage of CLAS allows selection of all kinematics and reaction channels, and provides the utmost in sensitivity.
Search for Pentaquark States with CLAS at Jefferson Lab
It is often of utmost interest to know this velocity.
On astrophysical bounds of the cosmological constant
In Figure 3 below the product of Qp and T is diagrammatically presented by the ob ject to the utmost left.
Representation Theory and Baxter's TQ equation for the six-vertex model. A pedagogical overview
But when regimes close to potential singularities are studied, one should pay utmost attention to such correction terms.
Degenerate Configurations, Singularities and the Non-Abelian Nature of Loop Quantum Gravity
It is of utmost interest to determine to what extent one can constrain (or perhaps discover) these new nonstandard phenomena, since their absence up to a certain level (or, of course, their presence) will provide crucial insight into the detailed nature of the New Physics.
Theory of Neutrinos: A White Paper
The research for new experimental configurations able to overcome the detection loophole is, of course, of the utmost interest.
Experimental tests of hidden variable theories from dBB to Stochastic Electrodynamics
New physics at the LHC might manifest itself as deviations from the Standard Model predictions of cross sections and thus the normalization of the measured cross sections is of utmost importance.
Hadron beam test of a scintillating fibre tracker system for elastic scattering and luminosity measurement in ATLAS
As already stated before, deviations in φs and AB→πK would contradict the popular MFV hypothesis and therefore be of utmost importance.
Summary of hints for new physics from (quark) flavour physics
From an applied viewpoint, thermally driven flows are of utmost importance.
Large scale dynamics in turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection
It is of utmost importance to clarify this issue in order to allow extrapolations of the heat transfer to the very large Ra regime of geo-physical and astro-physical interest.
Large scale dynamics in turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection
This shows that relative size of coefficients is of the utmost importance when desiring sparsity.
Comparing Measures of Sparsity
The fact that some N = 2 MESGTs with symmetric target spaces , in particular the magical supergravity theories, can be obtained from M/Superstring theory is of utmost importance.
Lectures on Spectrum Generating Symmetries and U-duality in Supergravity, Extremal Black Holes, Quantum Attractors and Harmonic Superspace
Therefore cosmology, as a different arena (besides particle physics) for string theory’s concepts to surface, is of utmost interest.
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology
The utmost importance of the microwave background radiation in modern cosmology warrants two more comments: first, the high homogeneity of the CMB is a good justification of the its tiny inhomogeneities of O(cid:0)10−5(cid:1).
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology