Ul"ti*mate (?), v. t. & i. [imp. & p.
p. Ultimated (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Ultimating.] 1. To come or bring to an end; to
eventuate; to end. [R.]
2. To come or bring into use or practice.
Ul"ti*mate (?), a. [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.] 1.
Farthest; most remote in space or time; extreme; last;
My harbor, and my ultimate repose.
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;
Those ultimate truths and those universal laws of
thought which we can not rationally contradict.
3. Incapable of further analysis; incapable of
further division or separation; constituent; elemental; as, 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.