(Last), v. t. To shape with a last; to fasten or fit to a last; to place smoothly on a last; as, to last a
(Last), n. [As. hlæst, fr. hladan to lade; akin to OHG. hlast, G., D., Dan., & Sw. last: cf. F. laste,
last, a last, of German or Dutch origin. See Lade.]
1. A load; a heavy burden; hence, a certain weight or measure, generally estimated at 4,000 lbs., but
varying for different articles and in different countries. In England, a last of codfish, white herrings,
meal, or ashes, is twelve barrels; a last of corn, ten quarters, or eighty bushels, in some parts of England,
twenty-one quarters; of gunpowder, twenty-four barrels, each containing 100 lbs; of red herrings, twenty
cades, or 20,000; of hides, twelve dozen; of leather, twenty dickers; of pitch and tar, fourteen barrels; of
wool, twelve sacks; of flax or feathers, 1,700 lbs.
2. The burden of a ship; a cargo.
(Last"age) n. [E. lestage ballasting, fr. lest ballast, or LL. lastagium, lestagium. See Last a
1. A duty exacted, in some fairs or markets, for the right to carry things where one will. [Obs.]
2. A tax on wares sold by the last. [Obs.] Cowell.
3. The lading of a ship; also, ballast. Spelman.
4. Room for stowing goods, as in a ship.
(Last"e) obs. imp. of Last, to endure. Chaucer.
(Last"er), n. A workman whose business it is to shape boots or shoes, or place leather smoothly,
on lasts; a tool for stretching leather on a last.
(Last"er*y) n. A red color.[Obs.] Spenser.
(Last"ing), a. Existing or continuing a long while; enduring; as, a lasting good or evil; a lasting