A last is a mechanical form that has a shape similar to that of a human foot. It is used by shoemakers and cordwainers in the manufacture and repair of shoes. Lasts typically come in pairs, and have been made from various materials, including hardwoods, cast iron, and, high density plastics.

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  1. a tool for shaping or preserving the shape of shoes

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A burden; load; a cargo; freight.
  2. A measure of weight or quantity, varying in designation depending on the goods concerned.
  3. An old English (and Dutch) measure of the carrying capacity of a ship, equal to two tons.
  4. A load of some commodity with reference to its weight and commercial value.


  1. To perform, carry out.
  2. To endure, continue over time.
    Summer seems to last longer each year.
    They seem happy now, but that won't last long.
  3. To hold out, continue undefeated or entire.
    I don't know how much longer we can last without reinforcements.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To shape with a last; to fasten or fit to a last; to place smoothly on a last.
    to last a boot


  1. Final, ultimate, coming after all others of its kind.
  2. Most recent, latest, last so far.
  3. Farthest of all from a given quality, character, or condition; most unlikely, or least preferable.
    He is the last person to be accused of theft.
  4. Being the only one remaining of its class.
  5. Supreme; highest in degree; utmost.
  6. Lowest in rank or degree.
    the last prize


  1. Most recently.
    When we last met, he was based in Toronto.
  2. after everything else; finally
    I'll go last.
    last but not least

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