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 particle; 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.
Ul·ti·mate v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Ultimated p. pr. & vb. n. Ultimating.]
1. To come or bring to an end or issue; to eventuate; to end. [R.]
2. To come or bring into use or practice. [R.]
adj 1: 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" [ant: proximate]
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: 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"